Dodgers News: Concerns About Scott Kazmir Are Growing

Scott Kazmir averaged 91.4 mph velocity in 2016. He’s currently sitting in the low 80s.

Dave Roberts expressed disappointment in Kazmir’s latest sim game. Kazmir said his control was getting better, but Roberts said eventually, there needs to be improvement in velocity.

“We’ve still got to see some improvement in the velocity at some point in time,” Roberts said. “And I think he’ll say the same thing … “To have that much of a discrepancy in velocity, there’s got to be something to that.”

Kazmir hasn’t taken the hill in 16 days. He was struck by persistent hip problems that initially plagued him last season.

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Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood have a stranglehold on the final two rotations spots right now. Julio Urias likely starts the season in extended spring training or the minors. Hyun-Jin Ryu has been solid and is still aiming for the rotation.

Simply put, Kazmir is the odd man out.

Despite the questionable reviews, Kazmir insists he’s feeling better. But will that translate to pitch speed?

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Written by Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.


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