Schmidt trying to bounce back from injuries

Updated: February 16, 2006, 5:26 PM ET
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The San Francisco Giants exercised their $10.5 million option on right-hander Jason Schmidt, hopeful the injuries that limited him to reduced velocity and 12 victories last year are gone.

Schmidt, 89-40 in four-plus seasons with the Giants, hopes so, too. He stepped up his winter workout regimen in preparation for a fresh start, but offered no guarantee he would be the hard thrower of old.

"I was pitching 80 percent, and that's not easy to do," he said. "We'll ...

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