- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 29, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - Jason Schmidt knows he won’t be ready when the Los Angeles Dodgers open the season. Now, Cha Seung Baek isn’t a sure thing for the Padres, either.

Schmidt threw 51 pitches, his most in a Cactus League game this spring, but allowed three runs, three doubles and three walks in 3 1-3 innings Sunday. San Diego beat the Dodgers 7-3 for its third straight victory after a 4-17-4 start.

Schmidt, who expects to begin the season making minor league rehab starts, struck out two in a perfect first inning before allowing a two-run double to Everth Cabrera in the second.

The right-hander began spring training hoping to be the Dodgers’ No. 5 starter, but he’s been unable to pitch full-tilt and has had trouble recovering from even short stints.

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