Scott Kazmir “felt great” after bullpen session and expects to avoid disabled list

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Two days after an MRI exam revealed no structural damage in his sore shoulder A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir took the mound Sunday for a 30-pitch bullpen session.

Kazmir told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle: “It was a little bit of relief how great everything felt after just a couple of days of rest.”

Kazmir exited last Wednesday’s start with shoulder soreness, but insisted all along that he thought it was a minor issue and the A’s avoided placing him on the disabled list in the hopes he could be fine with just one skipped turn in the rotation.

There’s no word yet on when the A’s expect him to start again, but Slusser speculates that Friday against the Red Sox could make sense. Kazmir has a 3.40 ERA in 42 starts since signing with the A’s last offseason, including a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts this year.

Hunter Pence exits game with groin injury

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Rangers OF/DH Hunter Pence exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after suffering an apparent injury chasing down a ground-rule double hit by José Peraza in the fifth inning. The beat writers are suggesting it’s a groin injury, but we’ll have to wait for the Rangers to provide an update to know for sure.

Update:

Pence was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on the afternoon before suffering the injury. He’s had a rebirth of a season, batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and 44 runs scored in 215 plate appearances.

Shin-Soo Choo and Pence were sharing both the DH spot and left field. If Pence needs to go on the injured list, Danny Santana would likely see an uptick in playing time, particularly in left field.