Kazmir to Disabled List, Bauer to Start Saturday

The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday afternoon that Scott Kazmir has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and Trevor Bauer will make his scheduled start on Saturday in Tampa against the Rays. Kazmir is expected to miss two to three starts.

Mickey Callaway confirmed Bauer will start on Saturday during SportsTime Ohio’s All Bets Are Off show with Bruce Drennan. Bauer was 1-0 in 14 innings during the spring.

“He’s got enough stuff to go out there and compete any night he’s on,” Callaway said to Drennan. “We’re hoping he comes in and is ready to go.”

Bauer was the key piece the Indians received on Dec. 11 in a three-team trade between the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Indians. Cleveland dealt Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati to help bring Bauer to Cleveland. Bauer is the No. 14 prospect in baseball according to MLB.com.

Kazmir was a non-roster invitee to spring training who won the battle for the fifth starter spot against a myriad of contenders. Kazmir is battling his way back into baseball after pitching in the independent Atlantic League in 2012 and being released by the Los Angeles Angels in 2011. He suffered a right rib cage strain during Monday’s workout at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

“The reason we made the decision is because we’re so excited about (Kazmir),” Callaway said. “We want to make sure he only misses two or three starts instead of seven or ten. It’s more because we’re excited about him than anything.

After Bauer’s start the Indians will have a decision to make between he and Carlos Carrasco to fill the spot until Kazmir is ready. Carrasco is serving a six game suspension for hitting Billy Butler in Aug. 2011.

Photo: Chuck Crow/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  1. Any idea how this effects his service time and our trying to get another year? I’d hate to waste a whole year of him for a few starts. Not that I want to see Kluber or something much either.

    1. Every day he is on the roster counts as one day. A full year of MLB service time is 180 days. If he is called up on Saturday and sent back down Sunday, only one day would be added to his service time. At this point, I don’t think the Indians are worrying about 2017 or 2018 right now. They are trying to use the best players available to win games.

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