By Cary Osborne
Today marks Scott Kazmir’s first Cactus League outing since March 9, when he allowed six hits, two walks and five earned runs against the Angels.
Kazmir faces the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.
He pitched in a B game against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch on March 14. A lot was made of Kazmir’s fastball velocity in the B game, reportedly in the mid- to high-80s, so Spring Training game or not, people will be eager to watch this one.
The same could be said about the matchup against the Padres at Camelback Ranch where Mike Bolsinger continues his campaign for the fifth-starter spot.
The right-hander threw four shutout innings against the Brewers on March 14, allowing two hits and walk, striking out two.
Here’s how the three fifth-starter candidates have done so far:
- Bolsinger: 9 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 6 SO, 2 ER
- Zach Lee: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 SO, 4 ER
- Brandon Beachy: 7 IP, 8 H, 7 BB, 2 SO, 6 ER
However, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported on Saturday that Beachy was dealing with a sore arm and will rest for a few days while being evaluated. Beachy told Gurnick today that it’s mild tendinitis and he doesn’t believe it’s too serious.
Scott Van Slyke was originally in today’s lineup at first base against the Padres, but was scratched due to a sore right hip flexor. Gurnick reported on Twitter that Van Slyke will rest one or two days.