OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
1 day ago

Kazmir (hip) is slated to start Sunday's Cactus League game against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kazmir has been out of game action since March 6 while dealing with hip tightness, but it appears the end is finally in sight. The lefty has been struggling with velocity recently and remains an outsider to make the Opening Day rotation, so these final days of spring training could be critical towards his 2017 outlook.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
4 days ago

Kazmir (hip) is expected to start in a Cactus League game in the near future, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran pitcher has dealt with lower-body ailments during spring training and has seen his velocity dip in recent workouts. The fact that he's now able to pitch in a live Cactus League game is a great sign. Though he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day starting rotation, the 33-year-old will serve as a valuable depth piece heading into 2017.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
1 week ago

Kazmir (hip) has struggled to add velocity to his fastball in recent workouts, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Dodgers haven't been pleased with Kazmir's performance in recent throwing sessions. Club management has reported that Kazmir is healthy and should be able to throw without any restrictions, but his velocity has drastically fallen. While his fastball is typically around the 91 mile per hour mark, it was reported that it was hovering around 82-84 during Thursday's simulated game. This will certainly be a focus for the remainder of spring training as Kazmir continues battling for a spot at the back end of the rotation.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
1 week ago

Kazmir (hip) threw five simulated innings Thursday and felt "better" following the session, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although the left-hander served up a pair of homers, his mechanics were reportedly a lot smoother in this 71-pitch session than in previous outings. This is a pretty sizable step in the right direction, although a timetable for his return to full game action remains a mystery.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
1 week ago

Kazmir (hip) will pitch to hitters at the Dodgers' minor league field Thursday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw is being handled with care as he works his way back following his clean MRI last week. His Opening Day availability remains unknown, especially with how many options the Dodgers have for their rotation. They may choose to keep him on the disabled list initially and rotate him in at their disposal later.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
1 week ago

Kazmir (hip) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday, but isn't scheduled to see game action yet, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kazmir used the session to continue refining his mechanics, which he posits could be the cause of his ailment. The Dodgers will likely continue to exercise exreme caution with the veteran starter, even after he received a clean MRI last week. Although it's hard to pinpoint a return date without a definitive timetable in place, Kazmir's status for Opening Day may very well be up in the air.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
2 weeks ago

Manager Dave Roberts said Kazmir won't pitch in a game until next week, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Dodgers are expected to be overcautious with Kazmir, who has been bothered by tightness in his hip before. He threw a bullpen session Wednesday, and he'll use the time off from games to work on his mechanics, which may have been causing the issues. The 33-year-old will continue to increase his workload before he fully returns to Cactus League action, which could end up being longer than the week Roberts initially set as a timeframe.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
2 weeks ago

Kazmir (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday and will be evaluated following the outing, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

An MRI on Kazmir's hip recently came back clean, so if this session goes well, the left-hander could get back to upping his workload in preparation for the regular season. Manager Dave Roberts declined to give a potential return date, but that should become clearer once Kazmir clears this hurdle.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
3 weeks ago

Kazmir underwent an MRI for his hip on Tuesday and the results showed nothing structurally wrong, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is good news for both parties, as Kazmir has been bothered by tightness in his left hip before. He spent the offseason addressing mechanics that have caused him issues, and he'll continue to do exercises designed to increase his flexibility in hopes of preventing this issue from happening again. The 33-year-old doesn't have a timetable for his return yet, but the Dodgers will likely take it slow with him.

OUTScott Kazmir
SP LAD
3 weeks ago

Contrary to a previous report, Kazmir (hip) is not yet scheduled for an MRI, the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports.

EDGE Analysis

He is working with the team's medical staff Tuesday, and while he could still head for an MRI, no tests have been scheduled at this time. Kazmir was bothered by tightness in his left hip for all but his first start last season, and now he is once again dealing with the ailment that prevents him from turning or extending his body well enough to make all of his pitches. "The frustration is through the roof right now," Kazmir told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. He now seems like an extremely risky play in standard mixed leagues, as it's possible he won't get healthy in time to make the rotation out of camp.