Monday, March 17, 2008

Abused Kazmir likely to start season on DL. Also, water is wet.

From Rotoworld:

Rays manager Joe Maddon said it was "probably more than likely" Scott Kazmir (elbow) would be sidelined at the start of the season.

The Rays do not currently have a set date for Kazmir's return to the mound. They're insisting that he hasn't had a setback, but it seems a perfect term for what's happened with him. Speculation is that he's still feeling some discomfort in his elbow while throwing his slider. Even Kazmir, who was completely gung ho for an Opening Day comeback, now believes backing off was the right plan. "I'd rather miss just a couple starts early in the year than miss a couple months during the year," Kazmir said. "I just want to make sure we get it right."

Well, we've recently mentioned that our prognostication abilities on overused pitchers are already bearing fruit, but we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that everything a team says about a pitcher's injuries are to be taken with a two-and-a-half-ton boulder of salt, particularly when the elbow or shoulder is involved.

I truly only care about one thing: is the pitcher able to throw all his pitches in game and practice situations, or isn't he? All this "he'll be ready for opening day" or "he just needs a week of rest" nonsense is worthless and unreliable.

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