Dodgers lose starter Scott Kazmir to sore hip

ByDoug Padilla ESPN logo
Thursday, March 9, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A sore left hip knocked Los Angeles Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir from his outing Monday, while creating an early test for the club's pitching depth.

Kazmir was one pitch into the second inning of his start against the Colorado Rockies when manager Dave Roberts visited the mound with a trainer. The left-hander was immediately pulled from the outing, his second of the spring.

"It was during [pregame] warm-ups where everything started tightening up on me, pretty much every part of the hip," Kazmir said. "I couldn't fire my back hip, my back leg and there was no power or direction. That's a tough way to pitch."

Kazmir will be evaluated on Tuesday morning, the team said.

The veteran pitcher, who signed a three-year, $48 million deal before the 2016 season, said the issue also affected him last year. That problem ultimately led to a back injury and then neck inflammation that forced him to the disabled list for a month.

The Dodgers are awash with starting pitching, though. The club's top three pitchers are set in Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. After that, Kazmir was in a large group vying for the final two spots.

In the coming days, the Dodgers are expected to get a close look at starting pitching candidates in Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Urias. Youngsters Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling are also in camp, as is left-hander Alex Wood.

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