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Kazmir Scratched With Sore Shoulder

Mar 25, 2010 – 1:55 PM
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Scott KazmirTEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels lefty Scott Kazmir was scratched Thursday from his scheduled start with "tightness" in his shoulder.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir began feeling "a little fatigue in his deltoid" on Wednesday.

"It was nothing," Kazmir said. "I wanted to go out there and pitch."

But when he went in the training room to get the sore sports rubbed down, the decision was made to scratch him.

Scioscia said as of now he doesn't expect Kazmir to miss his first regular season start. Scioscia said as long as Kazmir can pitch in a game by March 30 he will have enough time to build up endurance for the season, and Kazmir said he expects to get in a game sooner than that, perhaps as soon as Saturday.

"He still has the time to get ready," Scioscia said. "We're going to let it go at its own pace, and if he needs a couple of extra days, he needs a couple of extra days."

In two Cactus League starts this spring -- 6 1/3 innings -- Kazmir, 26, has a 7.11 ERA. Last year he went 2-2 with a 1.73 ERA in six starts for the Angels after being acquired from the Rays.

Kazmir threw 62 pitches in four innings last Saturday against Colorado.

"We want to at least get him to that 90-pitch mark at some stage," Scioscia said. "We should be able to do that with the games we have remaining here [in spring training]."

Kazmir's final tuneup would then be April 4 in minor-league camp, followed by a season debut April 9 against Oakland.
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