Since his resurrection as a big league pitcher, the one thing that Scott Kazmir has done consistently is walk fewer than 3.0 batters per nine innings, but he blew past that mark in 2016 to post his highest rate of free passes since 2010. He kept up the strikeouts for the first half of the season, but the swing-and-miss stuff was missing after the All-Star break and Kazmir was felled in late August by pain in his neck and rib cage. Later diagnosed with spine inflammation, the disappointing strike zone numbers are consistent with a pitcher who was battling injury or discomfort, while Kazmir's 5.40 ERA and 20:13 K:BB in his final 31.2 frames serve as further evidence that something was amiss. He chose not to opt out of his contract this offseason, so the Dodgers will owe him $32 million over the next two seasons. Given their internal pitching depth, he is not a lock to hold a spot in the rotation over the remainder of his current deal.
Kazmir (hip) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. Manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt were looking on as Kazmir resumed throwing after suffering a setback earlier in the week. Kazmir's return timetable remains fluid, but for now Alex Wood will continue to operate as the Dodgers' fifth starter.
Kazmir (hip) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. Kazmir has been dealing with an injured hip during camp and has seen his velocity dip in recent performances. The team will take a cautious approach with the 33-year-old and allow him to slowly rehab himself back into shape. He'll likely return to live action in mid-to-late April.
Kazmir (hip) will begin the season on the disabled list, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. This had increasingly become the expectation over the last few days, as manager Dave Roberts recently expressed that Kazmir is still in the process of rehabbing his injured hip. The veteran is struggling with his velocity, and the Dodgers appear prepared to allow him to work things out for the first couple weeks of the season before rejoining the club. Look for the 33-year-old to make his season debut later sometime in mid-to-late April.
Kazmir (hip) is not likely to open the season with the Dodgers, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Per the report, manager Dave Roberts "said it 'doesn't make sense' for (Scott) Kazmir to break camp in the rotation. He'll need time in rehab setting to get right." Kazmir's velocity has been down too far from his regular level, which necessitates the aforementioned rehab time. Based on the news, it seems likely that the 33-year-old will open the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City before making his official Dodgers debut once he's back to normal.
Kazmir (hip) is slated to start Sunday's Cactus League game against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Kazmir has been out of game action since March 6 while dealing with hip tightness, but it appears his return is finally in sight. The lefty has been struggling with velocity recently and remains outside the Opening Day rotation picture, so these final days of spring training could be critical for his 2017 outlook.
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