Update (9:53 PM EDT): J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports that Kazmir exacerbated his neck and ribcage injury that forced him on the disabled list.
Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir, making a rehab start on Wednesday night with Triple-A Oklahoma City, couldn’t escape the first inning before walking off the field with a trainer, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Kazmir walked two, hit two batters, and allowed a three-run home run before being replaced by Lisalverto Bonilla.
It’s not clear exactly what is wrong with Kazmir, but he was rehabbing a neck injury, so he could have reaggravated it. The Dodgers should provide an update before the night is over.
Kazmir hasn’t pitched since August 22. In 25 starts with the Dodgers this season, the 32-year-old lefty has a 4.59 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.