Scott Kazmir scratched with shoulder problems

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“Fatigued deltoid?”  Wall la-di-da and pardon me, your majesty, here in the real America we call it a sore shoulder:

Angels lefty Scott Kazmir was scratched Thursday from his scheduled
start with “tightness” in his shoulder. Manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir began feeling “a little fatigue in his
deltoid” on Wednesday.

But Scioscia said as of now he doesn’t expect Kazmir to miss his first
regular-season start. Scioscia said as long as Kazmir can pitch in a
game by March 30 he will have enough time to build up endurance for the
season.

Generally speaking I like the Angels rotation, but there’s a lot of arm trouble history in that group. The really need Weaver and Kazmir to be horses in order to hold everything together, I think.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.