Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kazmir's elbow injury isn't serious, he'll rest two weeks

ST. PETERSBURG — The news on Rays ace Scott Kazmir's left elbow appeared relatively good Tuesday night — no serious injury, but he's expected to be sidelined about two weeks, which makes it unlikely he'd be ready for the opening day start.

Kazmir, 24, walked off the mound Tuesday after feeling "a little discomfort" while warming up for an intrasquad game and ended up in an MRI machine at Dr. Koco Eaton's office. Kazmir said "it felt like it just jammed a little bit, kind of like a hyperextension."

Kazmir looked somber and downcast as he left the Rays training facility but said based on the initial evaluation by the Rays trainers he was optimistic the injury was not serious.

"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."

Kazmir wasn't the only prized left-hander having problems Tuesday. Top draft pick David Price was scratched from his scheduled inning because of shoulder stiffness.

"I'll be all right," Price said. "It was just stiffness really, not sharp pain or anything. I couldn't really get it loose when I was in the pen, so I just said, 'Don't worry about it.'  "

Kazmir said that there was no popping sound, which is usually indicative of a more serious injury, and that he had full motion and no pain afterward. "That's a good sign," he said. "They said there's a couple minor things that could go on that are just really nothing."

Kazmir has thrown well and looked good early in camp and said he "felt great" in the bullpen, but he sensed something was wrong on his third warmup pitch and "didn't want to test it."

"It all happened so quick," catcher Mike Difelice said. "In the warmup pitches, he was fine, looked real smooth, good energy, good life on the ball."

Manager Joe Maddon said sometimes a young pitcher who hasn't been hurt before doesn't know how to gauge what's wrong, so they have to wait until today to know how much of a setback it might be. "It's never a good feeling when one of the top pitchers in the league comes walking off the mound like that," he said.

Kazmir was scheduled to start Saturday's home exhibition opener and was on track for a third straight opening day start.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

Kazmir's elbow injury isn't serious, he'll rest two weeks 02/26/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 10:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jose De Leon sent back to minors after helping Rays win


    RHP Jose De Leon worked 2 2/3 innings to get the win in his Rays debut Monday and then was optioned back to Triple-A Durham.

    De Leon was brought up to provide length and depth in the bullpen after the Rays played 15 innings on Sunday, and he did that, allowing three runs on four hits while throwing 69 …

  2. Rays rally twice to beat Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Starting Erasmo Ramirez on Monday after he closed out Sunday's marathon win turned out, despite the Rays' best intentions and rigid insistence, to be a bad idea as he gave up four runs without getting through three innings.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers and comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    The Rays had good reason to have faith in RHP Erasmo Ramirez starting Monday after closing Sunday based on his resiliency, versatility and efficiency. But it still turned out to be a bad idea as he allowed four runs without getting through three innings.

  4. Rays journal: Dugout bench becomes bed for Logan Morrison at end of long night

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays found creative ways to get through the physical and mental fatigue of the 6½ hours they spent playing — and ultimately winning — Sunday's game in Minnesota.

    Corey Dickerson drapes towels over an exhausted Logan Morrison in the dugout during the 15th inning of Sunday’s marathon victory.
  5. Rays at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, Arlington, Texas

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Rangers

    8:05, Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 2: Nick Martinez #22 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2015 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)