SATURDAY: Kazmir has been diagnosed with thoracic spine inflammation, tweets Plunkett, who adds that there’s no timetable for his return.
FRIDAY: Kazmir will undergo a bone scan in the “thoracic region,” Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register was among those to report (links to Twitter). While results aren’t yet known, skipper Dave Roberts suggested that the lefty will require a “shutdown period” of “a couple weeks.” With less than a month left in the season, it seems uncertain at this point whether Kazmir will be able to return in 2016.
The Dodgers are set to turn to De Leon and Urias for starts early next week, Plunkett further tweets.
WEDNESDAY: Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir exited his rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City tonight after experiencing a recurrence of the same neck pain and ribcage pain that initially landed him on the disabled list, reports J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group. The 32-year-old is traveling back to Los Angeles to be reevaluated, he adds.
Kazmir faced just seven hitters, per Hoornstra, walking a pair of batters and hitting another pair. Had the rehab outing gone well, Kazmir would have been on track to rejoin the rotation early next week, but it’s now possible that top prospect Jose De Leon, who delivered a quality start and struck out nine in his MLB debut last week, could get another turn in the rotation.
Kazmir is in the first season of a three-year, $48MM contract with the Dodgers, and the year hasn’t gone as well as either he or the team would’ve liked. While he’s made 25 starts, Kazmir has averaged just over 5 1/3 innings per outing, totaling 135 1/3 innings this season and logging a lackluster 4.59 ERA. The sub-par performance is especially noteworthy, as it lessens the likelihood that Kazmir will exercise the opt-out clause in his contract this winter in search of a larger deal on the free agent market. Kazmir’s deal calls for him to earn $16MM in each of the next two seasons.
The Dodgers’ roster has been absolutely ravaged by injuries this season, and while they’ll get the most important piece of all back on Friday in the form of Clayton Kershaw, a number of other rotation options remain sidelined. Kazmir is joined on the shelf by Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-jin Ryu and Alex Wood at the moment. Rich Hill is back and has been terrific in two starts for them, though, and Kenta Maeda has been a solid rotation piece all season long. The Dodgers also have impressive rookies De Leon and Julio Urias, as well as right-handers Bud Norris, Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling as rotation options as they look to expand their four-game NL West lead over the Giants.
Meanwhile….Cotton makes an excellent debut…
Tough loss, like the kid a lot. But Hill has been good, and Cotton wasn’t going to start over De Leon anyway.
Great debut but you have to look at the team he pitched against. Angels only had 3 major league starters in their lineup for the game (Cron, Calhoun, and Simmons).
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Kasmir’s season has been less than stellar keeping him out of the rotation is a good thing
Master of the understatement. Kazmir has been pretty awful really, and the less we see of him down the stretch the better. Stripling, Stewart and DeLeon are all better options at this point.
Just looked Stewart and De Leon up. Wow are they good!
Both are works in progress at the MLB level but they show promise as starters. I’d take them over any of the alternatives at the 4-5 spots. Norris should probably be in the pen.
Nothing personal against Kazmir, but glad he’s gone. Last year with Astros he faded badly down the stretch after posting good first half numbers. LA would do just as well with younger guys who would have cost them less from the outset. Now they’re stuck with Kazmir for 2 more years.
Is Ryu ever going to pitch again? He’s basically lost 2 entire seasons so far. Still has 2 years left on contract, but who know if Dodgers will even see double digit innings from him in that time
All we could see is his velocity was down, especially after a few innings of work. Whether that’s an injury or something else, we sure don’t know.
Ryu is the Darren Dreifort of this century.
Jeff Samardzija is the Darren Dreifort of this century.
At least Samardzija’s pitching. Dreifort barely pitched after signing a new contract.
Gee, what excellent reporting. What exactly is thoracic spine inflammation and what does it mean for the future of Kazmir. Please don’t expect your followers to “just know” what it entails. Its not exactly Tommy John surgery. Just another reason I hate twitter.
According to Dr. Google, it’s a spinal inflammation condition with any number of possible causes and treatments that may respond to rest, bracing or medication, could require a surgical procedure, and in a small percentage of patients, even hip replacement. I would say in fairness nobody, even the doctors, know what Kazmir’s case requires at this point.
As above, google is your friend.
So I guess this means Kazmir isn’t opting out
We knew that already.