Schmidt put on the DL
Seriously, though, Schmidt was placed on the DL yesterday for a shoulder strain and all I can say is why didn't he do this earlier? He now says that he started feeling something in spring training and it progressively got worse. I figure that he probably wanted to pitch the season opener since he missed the last couple of them so I can understand that but he has been talking all season long (and it hasn't been that long) about how he didn't feel right.
Given his history of arm problems and such, shouldn't that have been a signal that maybe something is wrong and they need to shut him down, maybe after his second or third start, just bite the bullet and bring up Hennessey (Foppert was still recovering, Misch had just had his first successes at AAA level, and Cain we should only go to as a last resort and only if we are in contention still). Hopefully this rest will do him good and he can come back and be the Schmidty of the past two seasons, coming back from the DL to do well. But I'm starting to get the feeling that we might be dipping into the well too many times with Schmidt, that it could be a Robb Nen type of situation when it finally breaks and cannot be fixed no matter how hard you try.
Fassero came in and did a stupendous job as starter last night! He faced the minimum 15 batters in 5 IP, giving up only 1 hit (then picking him off) and getting 2 K's. Too bad the bullpen let him down and the offense didn't score a few more runs, he should have gotten a win.
But he's obviously not a long term solution to who the Giants should start, though he might get another one with our #1 and #5 starters out now. The Giants are not sure who will take Schmidt's turn in the rotation but most probably it will be Hennessey. There is suppose to be two off days coming up so perhaps they won't need to start Fassero again. But he has been a great addition to the team, certainly better than most naysayers said about him, though obviously there is still a lot of season to go, but so far, so good.