Manager Joe Torre said Wednesday that Schmidt would pitch Friday night at Atlanta. Schmidt allowed five runs in three-plus innings in his last outing and has given up eight runs on 10 hits in 10 1-3 innings.
The 36-year-old Schmidt is coming back from two shoulder operations that sidelined him all of last season and most of 2007. He's in the final season of a three-year, $47 million contract.
Schmidt got the go-ahead from Torre after a bullpen session Tuesday, although the manager said the session was just "OK."
The three-time All-Star won 17 games in 2003 and 18 in 2004 with the Giants. Schmidt finished second in Cy Young Award balloting in '03 and fourth in '04.