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Jason Schmidt Returns...Does This Alter The Dodgers Plans?

Dodgers starter Jason Schmidt is set to start for the Dodgers Monday, writes Kevin Baxter of the L.A. Times.

Schmidt hasn't pitched since June 16, 2007 due to a right shoulder injury. A three-time All-Star, Schmidt has only pitched six games for the Dodgers following signing a $47-million free-agent contract after the 2006 season.

Ultimately, his performance could have a major effect on whether or not the Dodgers make a move for a pitcher prior to the deadline. The Dodgers have been linked with several pitchers including the Blue Jays Roy Halladay, the Mariners Jarrod Washburn, and the Indians Cliff Lee.

Schmidt made five starts for triple-A Albuquerque in the last month, going 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA

Odds are Schmidt will get two starts prior to the deadline, so for his sake and the sake of the Dodgers it's imperative that he shows them something quickly.