A longstanding running among writers and medical personnel all over baseball is that whenever a player has surgery, they always report afterward that the guy had “successful” surgery, and then somebody invariably says, “What would unsuccessful surgery have been?” and then the trainer invariably says, “Unsuccessful surgery would have been if the patient died.” Well, Andruw Jones is very much alive after undergoing arthroscopic surgery earlier today in L.A., but he is still going to miss four to six weeks. And no, before you ask, they did NOT throw in a free liposuction. … Jason Schmidt went 3 1/3 for Inland Empire last night, throwing 45 pitches, 32 of which were strikes. He did allow three runs (two earned), but nobody cares about that. His velocity topped out at 91, and Joe Torre said today that it might be into next year before Schmidt hits his old, pre-surgery velocity. … Nothing new on Furcal except that Joe said he has been given no reason to think Furcal will be ready in time for the start of the homestand.
Here’s the lineup, with Danny Ardoin in it