That's Not An Itch
On the day he hit his seventh career home run, right-hander Jason Schmidt left the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning with tightness in his right hamstring.
Kaz Matsui led off the inning with a grounder to first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, who tossed to Schmidt, covering first. That's when the pitcher grabbed his hammy. He walked off the field and was relieved by Mark Hendrickson. Schmidt is day-to-day.
He allowed four runs - three earned - and seven hits in his second start for the Dodgers after signing a $47 million, three-year deal, striking out six and walking none.
Also hurt in the game was right fielder Matt Kemp. He left in the fourth with a sore right shoulder after banging into the scoreboard in an attempt to catch Jeff Baker's RBI triple. Kemp was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays.
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