Maddon: Kazmir ready for rehab stint
Lefty throws 'pen session, 45 pitches in simulated game
ST. PETERSBURG -- Injured Rays lefty Scott Kazmir "looked good" in a three-inning simulated game Friday afternoon, manager Joe Maddon said.
Kazmir, who has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a strained quadriceps, threw 45 pitches plus a bullpen session and is expected to begin a Minor League rehab stint early next week.
"I thought he threw the ball well," Maddon said before Tampa Bay's game against Washington on Friday. "Delivery looked really good, he's healthy, he's ready to go out and pitch. He looked good."
Kazmir, a two-time All Star, was 4-4 with a 7.69 ERA in nine starts this season, after going 12-8 with a 3.49 ERA and starting Game 1 of the 2008 World Series. He was replaced in the rotation by rookie David Price, who is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA in four starts. Maddon said Kazmir will likely have one more session with the team this weekend before a rehab stint early next week. He said he'll meet with Kazmir soon to discuss his options.
Maddon would like the 25-year-old starter to feel comfortable and ready to throw 90-100 pitches before rejoining the team. Maddon had no definite timetable for just how many Minor League starts Kazmir would need.
"The biggest concern when you're out that long is injury," Maddon said. "It's really a classic moment for tendinitis to pop back up. That's why we don't want to do too much too soon. It's just like a Spring Training situation. We've got to be really careful bringing him back, because I thought he looked really good today."
Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.