Jeff Kent is out tonight for a rest, something Grady had been planning for several days. Ramon Martinez will start at 2B, and Gonzo will bat cleanup. Mike Lieberthal batted cleanup in the only other game Kent didn’t start, a 7-2 loss at Colorado on April 18.
Also, Jason Schmidt enjoyed his first baseball activity since going on the DL more than two weeks ago. The right-hander played catch, making 40 hard throws at a distance of 50-60 feet. Trainer Stan Conte cautioned against reading too much into the development, saying it was just one step in a long process.