Scott Kazmir expected to make next scheduled start following another minor arm problem

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Some very good news here for the Athletics, who are certain to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Scott Kazmir — who left his last start with a triceps injury — is expected to make his first scheduled start coming out of the All-Star break next Saturday night against the Twins. Kazmir long-tossed without issue on Saturday afternoon and he will throw a bullpen session early this week.

Kazmir has been bothered by various minor arm problems throughout the 2015 regular season, but the 31-year-old still owns a sharp 2.49 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 96/34 K/BB ratio in 101 1/3 innings.

If his health cooperates, Kazmir will be a big-time trade chip for Oakland.

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.