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Thursday, April 24, 2008

MiLB: Kazmir all smiles after bizarre rehab stint

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Here comes Jupiter
There goes mars…a freakin’ Kazmir start!

JUPITER, Fla—Don’t expect Tampa Bay starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to be requesting morning games at Tropicana Field anytime soon. The left-hander gave up four earned runs and worked into the fifth inning on Wednesday in the Class A Advanced Vero Beach Devil Rays’ 4-3 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals in a game that started in the morning and ended with Kazmir going back and forth from the mound to the bullpen due to a pitch-count misunderstanding.

“It was frustrating,” Kazmir said following his 64-pitch effort, his second start following a left elbow strain in late February. “I wanted to work on a lot of things and stretch myself out. I felt strong. [pitching coach Jim] Hickey and I were both on the same page, but it didn’t happen.”

...With reliever Ryan Morse warming up in the bullpen, Kazmir stood nearby and waited while the staff communicated with Tampa Bay coaches. Eventually, he was allowed to go back to the mound for the bottom of the fifth inning, though he said he tried to do too much in a few pitches.

“They said if I threw seven pitches, they were taking me out. I was just throwing fastballs down the middle, saying, ‘Please, just get yourself out.’ The only thing that was going through my head that last inning was, ‘How can I get out of this inning in three pitches?’ “It’s frustrating because I wanted to get back out there and throw all my pitches. I thought I set myself up to do that, but the way it ended was unnecessary.”

Repoz Posted: April 24, 2008 at 01:24 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. catomi01 Posted: April 24, 2008 at 01:58 PM (#2757144)
sounds like the way he approached it was unnecessary....he's there to get healthy and make sure his pitches are up to snuff, not to get through a certain number of innings or pick up the win, or make sure the Vero Beach DRays make the playoffs....ignoring the fact that he should understand this himself, why didn't the trainers/coaches make this clear to him?
   2. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: April 24, 2008 at 04:21 PM (#2757277)
The Vero Beach Devil Rays? They didn't rename them?
   3. Rocco's Not-so Malfunctioning Mitochondria Posted: April 24, 2008 at 04:23 PM (#2757278)
The Vero Beach Devil Rays? They didn't rename them?

Vero Beach and Princeton are still the Devil Rays. Vero Beach is moving to Port Charlotte next year, and who knows if the Appy league will even exist a year from now (there have been talks about disbanding the league), so it would have been pointless to waste money rebranding the teams when they'll probably need to do it next year anyway. FWIW, both teams are owned by the organization itself, not by a third-party owner.
   4. Cooperstown Schtick Posted: April 24, 2008 at 04:31 PM (#2757290)
"All smiles" seems a bit strong.
   5. Andrew Edwards Posted: April 24, 2008 at 09:05 PM (#2757870)
sounds like the way he approached it was unnecessary

Unwillingness to lose or give up is a good trait, even if it sometimes makes you do silly, hypercompetitive things.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 24, 2008 at 09:13 PM (#2757900)
The Vero Beach Devil Rays? They didn't rename them?

Actually, they renamed the city "Vero Beach Devil".
   7. BTF's left-wing cheering section (formerly_dp) Posted: April 24, 2008 at 09:22 PM (#2757926)
From the headline, it sounds like his rehab involved a prostitute...

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