Found February 25, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said that starting pitching hopeful Scott Kazmir has “looked so good it’s scary” early on in Goodyear, Arizona. Kazmir, signed to a minor league deal this past offseason, is one of the player vying for the fifth spot in the Indians rotation. He has already shown improved velocity and claims to be feeling better than he did in his peak years as a pitcher. Having not pitched in the majors since 2011 due to injury, Kazmir once led the league in strikeouts, fanning 239 would-be hitters in 2007. This weekend, in a spring training appearance, Kazmir threw nine pitches, all for strikes. It is tough to place too much emphasis on Spring Training reports, but the former Tampa Bay Rays hurler looks to be the clubhouse leader when it comes to Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti’s 2013 reclamation projects. “I wish we could bottle it right now for the season,” said Fracona. [Related: On the 2013 Indians starting rotation and narratives]
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