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Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir will miss his first scheduled start of the season because of a sore abdominal muscle on his right side.
Kazmir felt fine after a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, but manager Terry Francona decided to play it safe rather than start Kazmir at Tampa Bay on Saturday. Kazmir will return to Cleveland for tests and rejoin the team before Friday's game against the Rays.
The Indians will choose a replacement starter on Thursday, Francona said.
Kazmir hasn't pitched in the major leagues in almost two years. A two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, he was released by the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 and pitched in the independent Atlantic League last year.
Also Wednesday, the Indians claimed right-hander Robert Whitenack on waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to Double-A Akron.
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Cleveland pitcher Scott Kazmir has a sore abdominal muscle and might miss his first scheduled start for the Indians.
Kazmir felt sore after playing catch on flat ground during a team workout Monday. The Indians open the season Tuesday night at Toronto.
Manager Terry Francona said Kazmir will be reevaluated after he tries to throw a bullpen on Wednesday. The 29-year-old lefty was...
Cleveland Indians left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir
has been scratched from his first scheduled start of the regular season due to
an abdominal injury, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100.
Kazmir not starting Saturday night in Tampa Bay.
— Nick Camino (@CaminoTribe) April 3, 2013
Kazmir suffered his abdominal injury during a workout
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Rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer is expected to start in his place against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Kazmir felt sore after playing catch on flat ground during a team workout Monday. He threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday before...
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