Kazmir throws in extended spring game, could rejoin Rays in May
It was the first game action for the Rays' ace since he went on the 15-day disabled list because of a left elbow strain. He felt discomfort while warming up for an intrasquad game on Feb. 26.
"He threw up to 93 [mph]," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "All fastballs in the first. Then in the second, he mixed them all in."
The reigning AL strikeout champion went 13-9 with a 3.48 ERA last season. Kazmir, who could rejoin the team in early May, is to make three minor league starts, including one for Class-A Vero Beach on Friday.
Left-hander Kurt Birkins, out with a left elbow injury, threw two innings in the extended spring training game.
Matt Garza, on the DL with right arm nerve irritation, was scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday.
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