Cautious Indians give Kazmir an extra day
CHICAGO -- Ailing Indians left-handed starter Scott Kazmir will receive an extra day before making his next start, manager Terry Francona announced on Sunday. Kazmir is considered day to day with back spasms, so he's scheduled to start Wednesday's game in Kansas City. Right-hander Corey Kluber will take the hill on Tuesday following Monday's off-day.
Cleveland wanted to watch Kazmir throw a bullpen session before clearing him to pitch, but Francona said the lefty didn't feel any lingering problems. Francona figured the extra day could only further assure the club that Kazmir's pain will be a thing of the past by Wednesday.
"We just thought it made sense to give him the extra day," Francona said. "As long as 'Klub' is OK, which he is, it made sense to back him up."
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will pitch on Thursday, and the team will likely recall right-hander Carlos Carrasco from Triple-A Columbus for Friday's start against the Tigers.