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Scott Kazmir | Starting Pitcher | #29

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 193
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (15) / NYM
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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Scott Kazmir did not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the Dodgers.
That means that he'll remain with the Dodgers and earn $32 million over the next two seasons. Given the scarcity of quality starting pitchers in the free agent market this winter, he could become an attractive trade chip for the Dodgers. Sun, Nov 6, 2016 08:41:00 PM

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Scott Kazmir pitched one scoreless inning Friday before leaving because of intercostal spasms.

The plan was for him to throw two or three innings. That he couldn't get through it successfully suggests he won't be part of the Dodgers' plans for October.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 02:50:00 AM

Scott Kazmir (neck) is scheduled to start against the Rockies on Friday.

Kazmir has been fighting through thoracic spine inflammation over the past four weeks and is also dealing with a bit of a blister issue. He threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, though, and it looks as though his various ailments won't be enough to prevent him from making Friday's start at home versus Colorado. The veteran southpaw has pitched to a 4.59 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 134/52 K/BB ratio over 135 1/3 innings in 2016
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 07:19:00 PM

Scott Kazmir (neck) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

But he had a cover on the middle knuckle of his left ring finger, which is where a blister opened up Sunday during a simulated game. Kazmir has been on the disabled list since August 23 due to thoracic spine inflammation. He hopes to start for the Dodgers this weekend against the Rockies, but the left-hander might have too many hurdles to clear. There should be something more official on Wednesday.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 07:01:00 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that the team hasn't ruled out moving Scott Kazmir (neck) to the 60-day disabled list.

The move would make room for Alex Wood on the 40-man roster. Kazmir is trying to work his way back from thoracic spine inflammation, but he's now dealing with a blister. The clock is ticking on him at this point in the year.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 07:27:00 PM

Scott Kazmir (neck) developed a blister during a simulated game Sunday.

Geez, the Dodgers and their blisters. It's unclear how much this will set back Kazmir, who is trying to work his way back from thoracic spine inflammation. He might not have enough time to make any more starts down the stretch.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 02:32:00 PM

Scott Kazmir has been diagnosed with thoracic spine inflammation.

The Dodgers are saying there's no timetable for his return, which is a polite way of saying he's done for the year. Kazmir suffered the setback during Wednesday's rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City. It would have been nice to have Kazmir for the stretch run but at least the Dodgers got Clayton Kershaw back on Friday. They hold a four-game lead over the Giants in the NL West.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 07:58:00 PM

Scott Kazmir (neck) will undergo an MRI Friday.

Kazmir departed Wednesday's rehab start with neck and rib pain, and his neck appears to be the bigger issue. The left-hander had been hoping to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation next week, but it's unlikely that that will happen now.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 05:26:00 PM

Scott Kazmir left Wednesday's rehab start with neck and rib pain.

Neck inflammation is what sent Kazmir to the disabled list last month so it appears he's had a flareup. He's headed back to Los Angeles for further evaluation. Obviously he won't be starting for the Dodgers any time soon. The setback should allow rookie Jose De Leon to remain in the starting rotation, for what that's worth.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 09:53:00 PM

Scott Kazmir (neck) was removed from his Wednesday rehab start at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the middle of the first inning.

A trainer came out to chat with Kazmir in the top of the first inning, after which the veteran southpaw left the game. Kazmir has been sidelined by inflammation in the neck since August 23. The Dodgers should provide further word as to the exact reason for his exit at some point Wednesday night. If this is any sort of a major setback, Kazmir would be in danger of missing the rest of the season.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 08:33:00 PM

Scott Kazmir (neck) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Kazmir had been expected to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation at some point this week, but obviously that won't happen now. He'll be back next week, assuming Wednesday's outing goes off without a hitch.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 01:33:00 PM

Scott Kazmir (neck) is on track to return to the Dodgers' rotation next week.

Kazmir made it through a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday without any trouble. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since August 23 due to inflammation in his neck. He owns a 4.59 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 134/52 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings this season with Los Angeles.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Scott Kazmir (neck) threw a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said afterward that Kazmir is closer to returning than Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson but couldn't offer up an exact timetable for any of the injured starting pitchers. Kazmir has been out since August 23 with neck inflammation.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 07:20:00 PM

Dodgers placed LHP Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with neck inflammation.

Kazmir couldn't make it out of the third inning in his last start Monday against the Reds. It's not clear how long he might be sidelined. Los Angeles also placed starter Brett Anderson on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday due to a blister on his left index finger.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 09:37:00 PM

Scott Kazmir will be examined Tuesday in Los Angeles due to recent issues with his back and neck.

Kazmir lasted just 2 2/3 innings Monday against the Reds and has struggled with his control in recent starts, so it's not surprising that there's some physical issue going on. More should be known on his status following Tuesday's examination.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 05:04:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Bobby Wilson
4Kyle Farmer
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Darin Ruf
2B1Enrique Hernandez
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Justin Turner
2Rob Segedin
LF1Andrew Toles
2Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Trayce Thompson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Rich Hill
3Kenta Maeda
4Scott Kazmir
5Julio Urias
6Brandon McCarthy
7Jose De Leon
8Hyun-Jin Ryu
9Ross Stripling
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Pedro Baez
3Grant Dayton
4Alex Wood
5Luis Avilan
6Josh Fields
7Chris Hatcher
8Vidal Nuno
9Adam Liberatore
10Josh Ravin
11Carlos Frias
12Jacob Rhame
13Patrick Schuster