Last night, Scott Kazmir made his second rehab start, this one with the Durham Bulls. He allowed 1 run in 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking none.
After the game, Kaz met with the press and revealed that he will back at The Trop today to continue his rehab (thanks Chris). During the interview, Kaz said that he still needs to get his arm strength back, but that he feels he is ready to “contribute in the big leagues right now.”
While Kazmir will be back with the Rays today, he said the team has yet to decide whether he will rejoin the club or be sent out for another rehab start.
If the Rays do decide to activate Kazmir they would wait until at least Saturday when he would next be available to start. This leaves the Rays with a couple of options on how to handle the rotation.
If Kazmir replaces Jeff Niemann in the rotation, Kaz could be activated Saturday and take Niemann’s start on his normal 4 days rest.
However, if Kazmir replaces Andy Sonnanstine, things get more complicated as Sonny is not due to start again until Tuesday…
None of these would surprise us, however the first two seem the most likely.
No matter what the Rays decide, it looks like they will soon get back a rejuvenated Scott Kazmir. That is the type of addition other clubs would have to trade two top prospects for.
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