July 26, 2006, 10:48AM
Scott Kazmir to miss start on Friday
© 2006 The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Devil Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir will miss his scheduled start Friday night against the New York Yankees because of shoulder soreness.
The Devil Rays do not consider the problem serious and expect the 22-year-old Kazmir to pitch next Tuesday against Detroit.
"He's a little bit sore," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. "We just wanted to move him back and give him a couple extra days. We're pretty sure he's going to be fine at that point. I really have no major concerns at all. I think a little extra rest will do the trick."
Kazmir, the Devil Rays' only All-Star this season, is 10-7 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 starts.
"We're just taking the time to make sure it's 100 percent," Kazmir said. "I can tell it's just a couple days."
Kazmir also had his first scheduled start following the All-Star break on July 15 pushed back several days because of a stiff neck.
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