UPDATE (March 26, 9:05 p.m. PT): Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said during Saturday night’s broadcast on SportsNet LA that Scott Kazmir’s abdominal discomfort was a result of cramping due to dehydration.
“We really dodged a bullet,” Friedman said. Kazmir underwent further examination upon returning to Camelback Ranch.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a rough go of things over recent weeks as they only recently ended a seven-game losing streak, but have continued to amass injuries. Yasiel Puig was the latest to fall victim to the injury bug as he was scratched on Saturday due to hamstring tightness.
Puig joins Brandon Beachy, Yasmani Grandal, Howie Kendrick and Corey Seager as those who have dealt with or are still on the mend from some form of a minor injury. Although, in Grandal’s case, the forearm soreness has his availability for Opening Day in question.
Kendrick, Seager and Puig are largely considered day-to-day and expected to return sooner rather than later.
With a pitching staff that’s already in disarray due to multiple injuries, the Dodgers didn’t find any reprieve in the first game of their day-night split-squad action on Saturday. Scott Kazmir was removed after four innings due to an abdominal injury, but maintained it’s a non-issue per Andy McCullough of the LA Times:
Scott Kazmir left due to a minor abdominal issue, but repeated over and over that he felt fine. He said he will make his next start on 3/31.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) March 26, 2016
Kazmir made his fourth start of the spring, and second since being skipped over so that he could pitch in a B game to refine mechanics. Kazmir entered the day with a 9.39 ERA and 2.48 WHIP in 7.2 innings pitched.
He allowed two runs on Saturday, but none from the second through fourth innings, and had five strikeouts.