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Schmidt could pitch in All-Star Game

Schmidt could pitch in All-Star Game

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Schmidt, the lone Giants representative on the National League team in this year's All-Star Game, was a late arrival here Monday.

The right-hander, who is scheduled to make his third All-Star appearance Tuesday night at PNC Park, traveled to Phoenix to one of his homes after Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Schmidt, who was the losing pitcher in that game, picked up his immediate family and left for Pittsburgh on Monday at 6 a.m. MST, he said.

After Schmidt pitched six innings Sunday, tossing 94 pitches and allowing three runs on seven hits, the question was still open regarding whether he would pitch in the annual Midsummer Classic.

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"We talked about it a little bit," said Schmidt, who arrived at his hotel at about 2 p.m. ET and then hustled over to PNC Park for Monday's late-afternoon workouts. "I guess there's four or five of us who threw [Sunday]. We're just kind of going to play it by ear. We've got a lot of guys who have thrown a lot of innings. If it comes down to it and it's the ninth inning or something, I'll be available. I'm leaving it up to them, basically."

Mets left-hander Tom Glavine withdrew from the All-Star Game for that reason -- pitching into the seventh inning in New York on Sunday -- giving his spot to Milwaukee's Chris Capuano.

Schmidt, who has had a history of shoulder, arm and hamstring problems, has already thrown 126 1/3 innings this season. But Tuesday is his normal throw day on the side anyway, and there would be no restrictions.

"If I feel good, I can go as long as I want," he said. "As far as the game, I think an inning would probably be the most."

Still, he's remained healthy and wants to keep it that way.

"If I'm sitting in the bullpen, I'm probably going to want to get in there," Schmidt said. "But there's a lot of guys who are going to want to pitch. I've got to be smart about it. It's a big second half coming up for us. I want to be as healthy as possible."

Asked if the Giants had counseled him not to pitch, Schmidt added: "They pretty much have left it up to me. But they'd prefer I wouldn't pitch, I assume."

Schmidt's 6-5 with a 2.78 ERA and 105 strikeouts, including a franchise record-tying 16 whiffs on June 6 in a complete-game, 2-1 victory over the Florida Marlins at AT&T Park. Christy Mathewson set the original record in 1904.

After a slow April in which he went 1-2, the 33-year-old Schmidt was superlative in May, going 4-0 with 1.17 ERA in his six starts. He was 5-1 for the two-month period of May and June, although he hasn't won a game since that historic night against the Marlins, going 0-3 with three no-decisions in his last six starts.

Making this particular All-Star Game even more meaningful for Schmidt is the fact that he played nearly six seasons in Pittsburgh, having been traded by the Pirates to the Giants midway through the 2001 season. The veteran, now in his 12th season, has been in San Francisco ever since, although he can file for free agency at the end of the postseason.

"Aside from the pitching part, just coming back here and going to the hotel, seeing some old faces of people that I knew when I played here, it's been a great experience so far," he said. "People have just been unbelievable. They've treated me like I'm still one of their own, which I really didn't expect. It's made it a very relaxing atmosphere.

"To be back in Pittsburgh, pitching in the All-Star Game would just top it off, I think."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. Rich Draper contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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