Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Or the time before that. Or the time before that. But yeah, it happened again: Scott Kazmir gave up six runs on five hits in an inning and two-thirds, while walking three and hitting a batter.
The competition: a Sacramento team which can’t have much of an offense, because if they had any super duper hitters they’d be playing in Oakland right now given how weak the A’s are.
As each of those previous reports made increasingly clear, Scott Kazmir’s days in the Angels organization are almost over. A pitcher is limited to 30 days for a rehab stint, and Kazmir has almost reached it. He may have time for one more start, but even if it’s a three-hit shutout with 11Ks, it can’t honestly be enough to give the Angels confidence that he can contribute to the big club.
Which means Kazmir is almost certain to be DFA’d and — since no one is going to trade for him and his $14.5 million deal — subsequently released.
Brewers outfielder Eric Thames made an early exit from Friday’s game against the Cardinals after colliding with Lorenzo Cain on an outfield catch in the first inning. According to an official report, he has been diagnosed with right knee soreness and is presumably day-to-day for the time being.
It was a brutal collision knocked both outfielders flat on their backs, but they were able to resume their positions and stick it out for the rest of the inning. Thames was up in the second, too, and struck out on five pitches from St. Louis right-hander Jack Flaherty before making an eventual exit in the top of the third. He was replaced on the field and in the lineup by Hernan Perez.
Entering Friday’s contest, the 31-year-old Thames carried a .230/.308/.516 batting line, 16 home runs and an .824 OPS in his second full season with the Brewers. He hasn’t replicated the career-high .247-average, 31-homer, 2.1-fWAR totals of his breakout performance in 2017, though that’s likely due to a combination of decreased playing time and lengthy recovery periods mandated by several significant injuries, including a torn UCL in his left thumb and a right hamstring strain. There’s no word yet on when he might return to the lineup this season.