Schmidt's rehab assignment delayed

Schmidt's rehab assignment delayed

LOS ANGELES -- Rehabbing Dodgers starter Jason Schmidt will not pitch in a Minor League rehab start Sunday, as originally scheduled. He felt "a little discomfort" in his surgically repaired shoulder, said Dodgers manager Joe Torre.

"It's not a setback, it's just a set aside," Torre said. "At this point, we're not ready to start the clock on him. I think we're more cautious on starting the clock because we know once we start it, you have a 30-day window. We're going to just hold off maybe for a few days, maybe a week, but depending on him."

The clock on Schmidt's 30-day rehab assignment was stopped with 10 days remaining after he was hit in the calf by a comebacker to the mound during his last rehab start May 31 for Class A Inland Empire, but the new injury refreshes the clock.

Schmidt said the injury is nothing serious, but more of a precautionary measure before starting the 30-day limit.

He threw a bullpen session on Thursday and has made four Minor League starts, compiling a 3.48 ERA in 10 1/3 innings over four outings.

In other injury news, Torre said the club has gotten good reports on catcher Gary Bennett, who is disabled with plantar fasciitis and also working on his mental block about return throws to the mound. Torre added the Dodgers will have to make a decision on him shortly.

Danny Ardoin has taken over the backup catcher duties in Bennett's absence, and Torre has particularly liked how Ardoin has handled pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. In Kuroda's two starts with Ardoin behind the plate, both against the league-leading Cubs' offense, Kuroda has given up one earned run in 15 1/3 innings (0.59 ERA).

Torre said the team would consider using Ardoin as Kuroda's personal catcher, in part to have a designated day to give starting catcher Russell Martin a breather.

"It's tempting. I will look at it," Torre said. "I think just to, what I saw in Chicago and again here last night is pretty impressive."

Torre said injured shortstop Rafael Furcal (strained lower back) ran on Friday and "everything seems to be fine."

Furcal is still on track to possibly start a rehab assignment next weekend and return to the team as early as its May 17-19 trip to Cincinnati. Schmidt's rehab assignment delayed

Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.