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


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.

Video: Jackie Bradley Jr. climbs wall to rob Luis Urías of homer

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. scaled the center field fence to rob Padres shortstop Luis Urías of a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. Urías was trying to take advantage of a 0-1 slider from Ryan Brasier. Had Bradley not made the grab, the Padres’ lead would have been extended to 4-1.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they weren’t able to take advantage of Bradley’s effort, dropping Sunday’s contest 3-1. They still won the series against the Padres, however. The Sox will continue their road trip for two games against the Rockies followed by three versus the Angels.