This was a lost season for Scott Kazmir, who never threw a pitch in the majors in the second year of his three-year contract with the Dodgers.
The trouble began for Kazmir during spring training, when an issue with his hip kept his velocity down to the low- to mid-80s.
“It’s almost like you want to get back to the point where you’re just executing pitch instead of having a checklist of what stuff that you need to know to get your body in a good position to throw,” Kazmir said in March. “And It all stems from the hip, being able to load on that hip and you know, get that fire that hip to get that direction.”
Kazmir made three rehab starts at the end of June and start of July with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, but was shut down again around the All-Star baseball, for about two months.
The left-hander finished off his season with a pair of September appearances for the Quakes, including one playoff outing, totaling four innings. His 2017 season consisted of 13 total innings in the California League.
Salary: $16 million, $8 million of which is deferred to 2020
Game of the year
In his fourth of five rehab games for the Quakes, Kazmir pitched three scoreless innings on Sept. 4, with three strikeouts.
“For Kaz, it’s been a trying year for him with health,” Roberts said. “For him to have an opportunity to finish his season on a high note, that’s a good thing and I applaud him for wanting to see it through.”
Kazmir has one more year and $16 million left on his contract. He will receive $8 million in 2018 and another $8 million deferred to 2021.
UPDATE: Kazmir was traded to the Braves