Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
1 day ago

Kazmir (ribs) threw a lengthy bullpen session -- his second in the past three days -- and appears to be healthy heading into Cactus League action, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kazmir was shut down at the tail end of last season with intercostal spasms, but with two pain-free bullpen sessions in the books, it appears he is ready to compete for the Dodgers' fifth rotation spot. With 11 starting pitchers in camp and only one spot currently up for grabs, the veteran will have to stand out this spring to earn that final bid. Kazmir posted a sub-par 4.56 ERA in 26 starts with the Dodgers last year. His strikeouts (8.9 K/9) and walks (3.4 BB/9) were around his career marks, but the southpaws inability to keep the ball in the yard (1.4 HR/9) caused the steep jump in ERA from his 3.10 mark in 2015.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
3 days ago

Kazmir (ribs) threw a 25-pitch batting practice session on Sunday and showed no signs of injury, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is an encouraging report from Dodgers' camp, as Kazmir's 2016 season ended prematurely due to intercostal spasms. It sounds like he's progressed well since then. If healthy, the 33-year-old could occupy the team's No. 5 spot in the starting rotation to start the season.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
4 months ago

Kazmir (ribs) did not opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Dodgers, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports.

EDGE Analysis

He remains with the Dodgers and is slated to make $32 million over the next two seasons. Sherman speculates that Kazmir could draw interest on the trade market, but given his contract, the Dodgers would be unlikely to receive much of value back unless they covered some of the dollars remaining on Kazmir's contract. Kazmir looks like a back-end starter with durability issues at this point, and is not a lock to remain in the Dodgers' rotation all season, even if he stays healthy. He missed the final weeks of the season due to intercostal spasms.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kazmir (intercostal spasms) is not scheduled to make another start during the regular season.

EDGE Analysis

Julio Urias is starting Thursday, and Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda will follow (in that order) against the Giants in the final regular-season series. Kazmir only lasted one inning his last time out -- his first start back from neck and blister issues -- before intercostal spasms forced him off the hill. Manager Dave Roberts suggested Wednesday that Urias is an option to start in the postseason, so Kazmir may be relegated to long-relief duty assuming he makes the NLDS roster.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kazmir exited Friday's start against the Rockies with right intercostal spasms after just one inning of work, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The exact severity of Kazmir's injury remains unclear, but this was obviously a disappointing outing for the veteran, especially since he was just activated off the DL for Friday's start after dealing with separate neck and blister issues. Ross Stripling took over for Kazmir in the second inning.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kazmir (neck, blister) has been activated from the 15-day DL and is set to start Friday's game against the Rockies, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.

EDGE Analysis

He threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and hasn't made a start since Aug. 22, so he is unlikely to go very deep into Friday's start. Kazmir tentatively lines up to make a final start next Thursday in San Diego, which would be a more favorable opportunity to deploy the veteran lefty.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kazmir (neck, blister) will start Friday against the Rockies, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Considered a 60-day DL candidate just days ago after he developed a blister during a sim game, Kazmir was able to flip the script with a successful 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. Kazmir hit the DL on Aug. 23 and was later diagnosed with thoracic spine inflammation. He may not be able to give the Dodgers much length in his return but the Dodgers have plenty of relief options to pick up the slack.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kazmir (neck) hopes to start in this weekend's series versus the Rockies, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kazmir is dealing with a blister on his finger, but he still managed to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. As long as his neck stays healthy and his blister continues improving, Kazmir will look to take the mound for the first time since Aug. 22 during the Dodgers' upcoming series against Colorado.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kazmir (neck) developed a blister during Sunday's simulated game, Andy McCullough of the LA Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kazmir's chances of returning this season had seemed slim, but his latest setback presents a further challenge. More information regarding how the team will proceed with Kazmir's rehab should be known in the coming days.

Scott Kazmir
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kazmir has been diagnosed with thoracic spine inflammation, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kazmir was sent for a bone scan after leaving his rehab start Wednesday after one inning with renewed neck and rib pain. The test yielded a diagnosis but the Dodgers did not immediately offer up any sort of timetable for Kazmir's return. He likely won't have much of a window to contribute, if he makes it back at all this season.