Scott Kazmir’s first rehab start at Triple-A last week was a mess, as he allowed six runs and failed to make it out of the second inning, but his second outing last night remarkably was even worse.
He made it through the first two innings unscathed, but then coughed up 10 runs in the third inning while recording just one out.
Through two starts Kazmir now has a 36.00 ERA, allowing 16 runs in four innings with more walks (7) than strikeouts (5) and a .421 opponents’ batting average.
Suffice it to say the Angels won’t be rushing Kazmir back from his rehab stint and there’s seemingly a strong chance they’ll simply keep the 27-year-old southpaw and his $12 million salary at Triple-A once the 30-day assignment is over.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.