Dodgers' Schmidt on DL with shoulder inflammation

PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Jason Schmidt on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with shoulder
inflammation. The move was retroactive to Sunday.

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Schmidt had an MRI Monday in Phoenix and there is no timeframe
for his return. The team is going to give him a few days off to see
if the irritation subsides.

"We are going to give it a few days to let it calm down.
Hopefully it's just a short term thing," Dodgers manager Grady
Little said.

Little said the Dodgers would recall right-handed reliever
Chin-hui Tsao, who is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and two saves for
Triple-A Las Vegas.

Little did not name a starter for Thursday at Colorado.

Schmidt, who signed a $47-million, three-year contract last
winter, is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA, and his velocity had dropped in his
early-season outings.

Head athletic trainer Stan Conte said that Schmidt reported
discomfort after his start against San Diego Saturday.

"It was just a lot more effort for me to get the ball to the
plate," Schmidt said. "t wasn't free and easy."

Conte said Schmidt had elbow surgery in 2003 and shoulder
surgery in 2000. But Conte said the latest inflammation does not
appear to be related to Schmidt's past arm troubles.

"I don't want to be flippant about this, but I think we'll
handle it,"Conte said. "Pitchers' shoulders are not an easy
situation to predict."

Schmidt said he was a little surprised when the team placed him
on the disabled list. Asked if he agreed with the move, Schmidt
said, ``That's a tricky question. I guess in a strange sort of way
I would have to be in agreement with it, because if there is light
at the end of the tunnel when we come out on the other side of this
thing, I can get back to doing what I do best.''