A’s lefty Scott Kazmir leaves start with triceps injury


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.