Schmidt relishes latest callup

Schmidt relishes latest callup

Schmidt relishes latest callup
PHOENIX -- D-backs catcher Konrad Schmidt, recalled from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday, knows his time with the Major League club might be limited with Miguel Montero healing quickly, but that isn't stopping him from enjoying every second.

Injuries limited the 27-year-old's 2011 season to only 92 games, but through 31 games for the Aces this season, he's hitting .274 with eight doubles, three homers and 14 RBIs.

"Especially after an injury-prone year last year and not getting back, it's reassuring that I can still get here," Schmidt said. "It's just great to be up again."

Schmidt played in four games for the D-backs in 2010, totaling eight at-bats with a hit and walk.

He has put together a .348 average against lefties in Reno this season, so with left-hander Ted Lilly on the mound Wednesday for the Dodgers, Schmidt was ready for a potential pinch-hitting scenario, even though veteran Henry Blanco got the start behind home plate for the D-backs.

"Yeah, absolutely. I would hope so. I'm just ready to play and help the team in whatever way possible," he said. "If they want to give me a chance, I'll be ready."

After junior-college ball out of high school, Schmidt played at the University of Arizona in Tucson before transferring to Nevada-Reno in 2007. He hit .349 with eight homers and 47 RBIs for the Wolfpack that season.

The current Nevada baseball team attended the D-backs game Tuesday night while in town for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

Although Schmidt didn't get a chance to meet up with his former coach, Gary Powers, who has been at the helm of the program since 1983, he'll visit the team on Thursday.

"I'm going to go watch them play tomorrow on the off-day," Schmidt said. "Absolutely I stay in contact with them."