We have a temporary solution to the Scott Kazmir saga.
Kazmir will start the season on the disabled list, according to Dave Roberts. Kazmir struggled in his return to the mound yesterday, pitching three innings, walking five and allowing a home run in route to a five-run outing.
Dave Roberts acknowledged today Scott Kazmir will open season on DL. "Connectivity" with lower half just not there, hip still not right
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 27, 2017
Scott Kazmir will start the season on the DL. "It's something with the hip," Dave Roberts said.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) March 27, 2017
Kazmir’s velocity topped out at 87 yesterday. It sat in the mid-to-low 80s for most of the day, which is on par with his workouts the past couple of weeks. His hip tightness has plagued him since last season.
Kazmir was initially considered one of the favorites to win a rotation spot. He hasn’t stayed on the field this month, and when he has, the results have been disappointing. The Dodgers have the luxury of being patient with him, but it’s fair to wonder where he’ll fit in if healthy.
Kazmir has two years remaining on his contract. The worst-case scenario involves Los Angeles releasing him and absorbing the salary. The team is committed to trying to make it work before considering such, it appears.