The easiest way to suffer an injury this season continues to be wearing a Dodgers uniform. The latest issue came on a player hoping to come back from an injury to rejoin the Dodgers soon: left-handed starter Scott Kazmir.
Kazmir made the start for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He would last just 2/3 of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Oh, and the hit was a home run. That’s about as discouraging as an outing can be. Well, until this:
After a visit from the trainer, Scott Kazmir leaves the game in the top of the first inning. Lisalverto Bonilla will take the mound for OKC.
— OKC Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) September 8, 2016
And the update …
During his rehab start tonight, Kazmir suffered a setback with his right neck/rib cage area. He’s returning to LA for further evaluation
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 8, 2016
The news isn’t quite as dire as it could be, though. Clayton Kershaw is expected to return to the rotation Friday and that’s an obvious game-changer. Rich Hill has been throwing well since recovering from a blister and youngster Julio Urias has been great of late. Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling round out the current rotation while the Dodgers have also been using or will use Bud Norris, Brock Stewart and hyped rookie Jose De Leon.
Kazmir, 32, is 10-6 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 135 1/3 innings this season. He signed a three-year, $48 million deal this past offseason with the Dodgers, but it includes an opt-out after this season and there’s a weak starting pitching crop in free agency.
Source: CBS Sports / Scott Kazmir ends his rehab start early due to an injury setback