LOS ANGELES -- Despite a sore left wrist that flared up in his previous start, Scott Kazmir is expected to take his regular turn in the rotation Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Miami Marlins.
After a start Friday at Colorado, when manager Dave Roberts actually referred to the issue as something with Kazmir’s thumb, there was some speculation that a rotation shakeup could be on the way.
The left-handed Kazmir always remained confident he would stay on turn, though, working with trainers on the issue and altering his between-start routine. Instead of throwing a regular bullpen throwing session between outings, Kazmir played a game of light catch in the outfield on at least three of the four days since his last outing.
“Kaz is going to be good to go,” Roberts said. “He threw some flat ground today and feels back to normal so yeah, he will be ready to go.”
Asked on Friday about what was believed to be a sore thumb, Kazmir said he was actually having discomfort in the wrist area above his left thumb. He said it first started to bother him after swinging a bat during spring training. He declined to discuss it further, though, saying he didn’t want it to sound like it was an excuse for giving up four runs on six hits, including two home runs, over five innings to the Colorado Rockies.
“Kaz is a pro, he doesn’t want to use it as an excuse, but when you have the wrist, the thumb thing, It’s kind of hard for him to get on top of the baseball,” Roberts said. “I think he was getting a little outside and under it so now, watching him play catch, he was getting the extension he needed and the ball was coming out well.”
Kazmir, in his first season with the Dodgers after signing a three-year, $48-million deal in the offseason, is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA over four starts, all against National League West clubs.