Scott Kazmir SP HOU 1 week ago

The Oakland Athletics traded pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros on Thursday, according to the team's official website. The Athletics acquired prospects Jacob Nottingham and Daniel Mengden in exchange for Kazmir, who has posted a 2.38 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 109.2 innings this season. The 31-year-old will instantly slots into the middle of the Houston rotation and will bring a veteran presence to a group of starters that averages less than 25 years of age. Kazmir recently had a bout with tendinitis in his left triceps, which caused potential buyers to take notice, but the Astros were in need of pitching help to continue their pursuit of the first-place Los Angeles Angels, who currently sit two games ahead. The lefty was scheduled to make his next start for Oakland on Thursday, so he could make his Astros debut sometime over the weekend.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 2 weeks ago

Oakland A's pitcher Scott Kazmir is on track to start Saturday against the Minnesota Twins after recovering from a triceps injury, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kazmir was cleared after throwing a 50-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 3 weeks ago

Kazmir (triceps) said he felt great after Saturday's 50-pitch bullpen session, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

Kazmir was removed from Wednesday's start due to tightness in his triceps, but he already seems to be on something close to his normal throwing schedule. He'll likely be ready for his first start after the All-Star break, and he's still one of the better pitchers being discussed as a potential trade chip. Mid-season trades usually improve a pitcher's team context, but the A's have been a pretty good offensive club this season, and their ballpark is among the friendliest to pitchers. Kazmir will probably have the support of a better bullpen if he's traded, but there are still only a few teams that can provide a better overall environment for fantasy production.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 3 weeks ago

Kazmir (triceps) was feeling much better and will have light throwing session Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

He was pulled from Wednesday's start with tightness in his left triceps after only throwing 50 pitches. Kazmir is a big-time trade chip if proven healthy, and hopefully the All-Star break will give him enough time to get right so that he can avoid a DL stint. Sean Nolin would be a candidate to join the rotation if Kazmir has to miss his next start.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 3 weeks ago

Kazmir left Wednesday's start due to tightness in his left triceps, Jane Lee of reports.

Kazmir lasted just 50 pitches over three innings in his start Wednesday against the Yankees. This is the first time Kazmir has reported any soreness in his triceps this season, so this doesn't appear to be an aggravation of a pre-existing injury. With the All-Star break looming, Kazmir will likely use that time to rest his arm before returning to the mound.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 3 weeks ago

Kazmir exited Wednesday's game after only three innings for an unknown reason.

Kazmir was pitching well and allowed only one earned run through his three innings. There is no word as of yet what caused his early exit.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 1 month ago

Kazmir (5-5) pitched eight sparkling innings, giving up no runs, no walks, and only two hits to go with seven strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

Kazmir retired 21 of his first 22 batters, allowing only a one-out double to Franklin Gutierrez on a 1-2 pitch in the fifth. Gutierrez also singled leading off the eight but was erased on a double play. Those were the only two hits allowed by Kazmir, who had his best performance in an Oakland uniform. He needed only 31 pitches to record the first nine outs, struck out each of Seattle's first four hitters at least once and fanned slugger Nelson Cruz twice. Kazmir will look to build on this performance in his next scheduled start Wednesday at the Yankees.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 1 month ago

Kazmir took the loss Saturday, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out six.

He's recovered nicely from some stumbles in May, posting a 2.53 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 28:8 K:BB ratio in 32 June innings. Kazmir will next toe the rubber on Thursday, at home against the Mariners.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 1 month ago

Kazmir allowed one run on six hits and three walks while striking out six over 7.1 innings in a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday.

Coming into the game, Kazmir had posted a 7.56 ERA in seven career starts against the Halos, but the 31-year-old lefty was effective through seven-plus innings Sunday, throwing a season-high 112 pitches en route to the win. Kazmir allowed runners to reach base in every inning except the second but successfully worked around them, inducing double plays in the fifth and sixth innings. The only run against Kazmir was scored after he exited the game, as Tyler Clippard gave up a homer to Albert Pujols and allowed the inherited run to score. Kazmir has been impressive in his second season with the A's and will look to improve upon his career-best 2.70 ERA against the Royals on Saturday.

Scott Kazmir SP HOU 1 month ago

Kazmir allowed two earned runs with six strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision on Tuesday.

Kazmir left the game after only 81 pitches because of a stomach ailment than was made worse after he had to go first to home on a Billy Burns triple. He left the game with a 5-3 lead, but the A's bullpen blew yet another late game lead. Kazmir is next scheduled to take the mound on Sunday against the Angels.