For the first time since June of last year, Jason Schmidt has pitched in an official game. It was for Single-A Inland Empire yesterday, where he tossed a scoreless inning. He threw 12 pitches, 10 fastballs and 2 changeups, and recorded 2 groundouts and 1 flyout. He then threw 15 more pitches in the bullpen.
While it's not any reason to declare him ready again, it's a pretty big deal to see him finally out there. It's been over 10 months since he had right shoulder surgery, and who knows if he'll ever be the same. But, it's little step after little step for him, and yesterday was the first one. It's encouraging.
Obviously, he still has many more hills to climb. I can't even possibly put a time table on an MLB return, but with the way he's been slowly built back up, it very well could happen. Stay tuned.