Scott Kazmir's voyage of rediscovery will relocate to Salt Lake this week. The erratic left-hander rejoined the Angels on Sunday after spending a month in their extended spring training camp. On the disabled list, ostensibly with lower back stiffness, Kazmir will start a rehab assignment in Class AAA on Tuesday.
"I feel a lot better, felt like I made a lot of strides," Kazmir said of his time in Arizona. "It was important to get into some games. The competition helped me out a lot. You can throw all the (bullpen sessions) you want. Having a hitter in there is important.
"I definitely think I'm on the right track."
Kazmir made a handful of starts in camp games at the Angels' training complex, building up to 100 pitches in the past two. Though reports continue to indicate that his control and velocity were still spotty, Kazmir said the progress he made was more about confidence and having a better feel for his delivery.
"I'm just trying to be myself," Kazmir said. "I just feel like the past couple years I was trying so hard but something didn't feel right. You go out there without as much confidence because you're changing something all the time, trying to find that feeling. I'm just trying to be myself now -- get back to seeing the (catcher's) glove and hitting the mitt."
Rookie Tyler Chatwood has pitched well in Kazmir's absence (3-2, 4.06 ERA with a 4-1 win over the Braves on Sunday), calling into question what role the Angels might have for Kazmir when he is ready to return.
"No doubt, we need starting pitching depth and we're looking at him as a starter," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But I wouldn't rule out anything."
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