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Angels place Kazmir on DL

Posted on: April 9, 2011 2:09 am
Edited on: April 9, 2011 2:21 am

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Angels have placed left-hander Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with tightness on his lower back. Matt Palmer will be called up in time to start today against the Blue Jays.

Scott Kazmir"It's very frustrating," Kazmir told reporters, including Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. "I kind of changed my delivery a bit and it seemed like the lower back never bounced back."

Kazmir lasted just 1 2/3 innings Sunday against the Royals, allowing five runs on five hits, two walks and two hit batters (not to mention a balk).

Kazmir worked out Wednesday in Tampa Bay, but manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir started complaining about his back tightening up.

"We'll push him back and give him a few days for this to calm down," Scioscia said.

Palmer struggled this spring with bronchitis, but pitched well at the end of spring training. He was 11-2 with a  3.93 ERA in 2009 before a shoulder sprain hindered his performance in Triple-A and with the Angels in 2010.

The Angels still need a starter for Tuesday to replace Joel Pineiro, who went on the DL with soreness in the back of his shoulder. Trevor Bell is likely to get the call to pitch against the Indians.

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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 4:52 am

Angels place Kazmir on DL

Angels place Kazmir on DL... while they try to decide whether or not they should eat his contract because he's become the AL version of Ollie Perez.

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