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Maddon's tweet: Kazmir "fine," will pitch - or maybe not



UPDATE, 6:55: Well, in talking to Maddon in person in the dugout and to Kazmir, now it sounds like there is still a question. It sounds like the best way to say it is that they expect him to start, but still want to wait to see how he feels on Wednesday to be sure.

Really, it's just not that clear.

Maddon said the reviews on Kazmir's throwing were positive and "it looks pretty good right now," but he still wanted to talk to Kazmir and pitching coach Jim Hickey first. Kazmir also said he was good to go, but suggested if not he could just move back a day, presumably with Matt Garza starting Thursday on short rest. But Maddon said he "had not gotten to that point yet.''

When Maddon was asked if it was fair to say at this point he expected Kazmir to start, he replied: "Yea, I kinda do, I kinda do. We'll see. But of course I'm not going to put him out there if he's not ready to do it. It seems like it's progressing nicely and as of right now, he's going to make that start, yes.''

But ....

If Kazmir is "too stiff" on Wednesday, they will make a change: "It's been getting progressively better ... again, we don't consider it serious at all, we just want to make sure he feels good.''

Kazmir said "all is great" and "the only thing that might push me back a day is if I feel sore tomorrow or something like that just for some odd reason. That would be only precautionary, maybe one day or something like that, but as of right now we're ready to go.''

So that means there's a slight possibility he won't be ready?

"I would say no,'' Kazmir said. "I would say no. We're just covering every angle. That's just pretty much what we're doing I feel good.''

Kazmir compared it to getting a cramp in your calf and needing a couple days to get the soreness out. "Every day it feels way better,'' he said.

He said he "threw quite a bit outside" and "did a lot of recovery stuff" in the trainer's room. "Should be good, should be good to go,''  he said.
Kazmir said it's not a factor that Thursday's game is in the afternoon and Friday's game in Toronto is at night.

NEWS: The news just came from manager Joe Maddon's Twitter posting (@RaysJoeMaddon) that LHP Scott Kazmir is okay and will pitch Thursday:

"Kaz is fine and I expect him to pitch on his day."

Kazmir was playing catch earlier this afternoon with third-base coach Tom Foley under the watchful eye of head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield.


[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:49am]


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