"He's a ways away from every five days," Torre said of Schmidt. "You saw last time he got tired in the second inning and needed extra time [one full week] to come back. At this juncture, in fairness to him, there's no way to count on that now, less than three weeks from Opening Day."
Because Schmidt's recovery time is unpredictable, Torre will look elsewhere for his fifth starter. Candidates include Eric Milton, Eric Stults, Claudio Vargas and Shawn Estes, who struggled against the A's Monday.
After looking over that list of names, maybe the rumors about Pedro Martinez are not as foolish after all. He looked sharp in the World Baseball Classic, for six innings at least. And it’s not like he ever pitches more that now anyway.