A’s lefty Scott Kazmir leaves start with triceps injury

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A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir was forced out of Wednesday’s start against the Yankees after three innings with a strained triceps muscle.

After the game Kazmir told Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com that he thinks it’s a minor injury and thanks to the All-Star break he’ll have extra time to rest before his next scheduled turn in the rotation, but it does complicate things a bit in terms of the A’s potentially getting good value for the impending free agent via trade before the July 31 deadline.

Kazmir has been excellent this season with a 2.49 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 101 innings and could be a very attractive trade target for quite a few contending teams if the A’s remain below .500. He has a 3.18 ERA in 49 starts for the A’s since signing a two-year, $22 million deal as a free agent last offseason.

Carlos Carrasco pitched in game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.