Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Kaz scratched from Instrasquad Start, goes for MRI on Left Elbow

Scott Kazmir was scheduled to start today in the first intrasquad game of the spring. However, Kazmir was a late scratch. We hope to have more on this situation as the news comes in. We are hoping it was just a precautionary measure and the team didn't want to force something that wasn't necessary. Here is a piece from the heater:

There's still no word on the official reason, but Kazmir had warmed up in the bullpen as usual prior to the game and sat in the dugout for the Team Feinsteins first round of batters. Kazmir apparently didn't feel right and walked to the clubhouse, as Reyes began to warm up.

UPDATE: Kazmir is headed for an MRI on his left elbow. They are thinking it could be a hyperextension, but you never want to hear your Ace pitcher is getting an MRI on his throwing elbow. Thanks to the heater for these quotes:

It was just a little scary because I never felt it before,'' Kazmir said. "But after I talked with (head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield) and everything and we did some of the strength tests I felt confident it would be all right. Just got to check it out to make sure.''

"It felt like it just jammed a little bit, kind of like a hyperextension. ... The thing is I don't feel anything now. If it was a torn ligament or something, you'd be hurting.''

We are hoping Kaz is right about the hyperextension. Just the fact that he said torn ligament makes me cringe a little.

David Price the Rays 2007 top pick also was scratched from his scheduled inning due to stiffness.