It’s hard for me to call this one a disappointment because I have been done with Scott Kazmir for quite some time now. In his second start of spring, he was pulled in the second inning after only throwing one pitch. Roberts announced on Monday that Kazmir would begin the season on the DL due to his hip soreness. This is an injury we saw with Kazmir last season, so it could end up lasting longer than anyone expected it to.
Kazmir doesn’t deserve to be in the starting rotation but the Dodgers could still use him, whether it’s out of the bullpen or sending him down to further work on his mechanics. Kazmir showed dominance at times last season, so it would be nice to have him healthy just in case someone else ends up injured or needs an extra days rest. He would provide great insurance if he was firing on all cylinders.
This would be preferable than to pay a pitcher just to sit on the DL during the season. Unfortunately, the Dodgers overpaid for Kazmir from the start so there’s pretty much no possibility any team would be interested in him.
The Dodgers luckily have some depth for their starting rotation, so they will be fine for the time being until they figure out what’s really going on. Whether or not we ever see Kazmir play another game for the Dodgers will be up to Roberts. If the rotation stays healthy, I think Roberts will make plenty of fans happy by keeping Kazmir out of it.