Kazmir will throw three innings in relief for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday but won't be on the postseason roster, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. The Dodgers would like Kazmir to end the season on a high note, so he may get another start for Los Angeles before the season ends. That said, the only way we'll see any Kazmir in the playoffs is if the Dodgers rotation suddenly gets decimated by injuries, and knowing Kazmir's injury issues, there's no guarantee he will actually make it back to LA.
Kazmir (hip) is slated to make a rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports. After experiencing a setback with his hip during a rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga in July, Kazmir was cleared to resume pitching in simulated games at extended spring training a few weeks ago. With those outings apparently going well, Kazmir will restart his rehab assignment Monday, and could make a couple more appearances in the minors before being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. It's not expected that the Dodgers will make room for Kazmir in their already-crowded rotation once he's activated.
Manager Dave Roberts said Kazmir (hip) is throwing simulated games in Arizona, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Kazmir made a trio of rehab appearances for High-A Ranch Cucamonga, but his fastball velocity was sitting in the mid-80s, so the Dodgers decided to slow down his rehab. The 33-year-old has been on the shelf all season due to a hip issue, and his status for the remainder of the season remains up in the air. "He's pitching, has been doing simulated games," Roberts said. "But as far as getting him in a game situation, I don't know when that's taking place."
Kazmir (hip) gave up four runs on five hits while striking out two over three innings in Sunday's rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The 33-year-old made two positive rehab starts before regressing in his third appearance. While there were no reported setbacks with his hip or arm, there isn't a set timetable for a return to the majors for the oft-injured southpaw due to a crowded rotation of veteran options. It would likely take an injury to one of the Dodgers' current starters to open up a spot for Kazmir if and when he is ready to return.
Kazmir (hip) is scheduled to make another rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Kazmir tossed three innings during his last rehab start for the Quakes, and while everything went well, he's slated to make his third start at High-A before moving on. The 33-year-old, who has been sidelined all season with a hip injury, isn't expected back until after the All-Star break.
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