The Cleveland Indians have placed left-hander Scott Kazmir
on the disabled list due to an abdominal injury, the team has announced. The
Tribe has recalled top prospect Trevor Bauer to start in Kazmir’s place on
Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kazmir was scratched from his Saturday start earlier this week. He injured his abdominal muscle Monday while working out with the team. Following
the initial injury, the southpaw threw a bullpen session on Wednesday before
returning to Cleveland to undergo further testing.
After undergoing an MRI yesterday, the Indians elected to
place Kazmir on the DL. Cleveland has termed the injury a strained ribcage
muscle, and Kazmir is expected to miss two to three starts as a result.
It’s certainly not the start the 29-year-old was hoping for
after fighting his way back onto a major league roster. Kazmir hasn’t pitched
in the bigs in nearly two years, but he maintained an ERA of 3.46 with 13
strikeouts to one walk this spring to earn the No. 5 spot in the Indians’
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