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Kazmir start delayed



The Rays have decided to push back All-Star Game winner Scott Kazmir's next start until at least Sunday.

Kazmir was to start Saturday, but the Rays decided to give him some extra rest after he worked the 15th inning, and got the win, in Tuesday's All-Star Game, just two days after throwing 104 pitches in Cleveland. RHP Matt Garza will instead start Saturday.

Kazmir said Thursday he felt fine - that he just the normal "good soreness" - and that a final decision would be made after he throws Friday on whether he will start Sunday against Toronto or Monday against Oakland. RHP Edwin Jackson will start whichever game Kazmir does not.

Executive VP Andrew Friedman said the Rays just wanted to be cautious in their handling of Kazmir, who missed the first five weeks of the season with an elbow problem.

Also, the Rays said they will activate RHP Al Reyes, who has been out since June 10 with shoulder tendinitis, for Friday's game. The Rays were encouraged with the progress of RHP Troy Percival and not sure yet about the status of SS Jason Bartlett, but are hoping to get both back soon.

All players reported for Thursday's workout, though All-Stars Kazmir and Evan Longoria were allowed to leave early.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:37am]


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