Scott Kazmir will slot back into the A’s rotation Friday at Boston, manager Bob Melvin told reporters Tuesday.
After leaving his last start early because of shoulder tightness, Kazmir was pushed back in Oakland’s rotation to give him a little extra rest. The left-hander underwent an MRI last week that showed no structural damage, just “a bit of a weak shoulder” in Melvin’s words. In essence, Kazmir is having his start pushed back three days.
Kendall Graveman is slated to start Tuesday’s road trip opener at Detroit, with Sonny Gray and Jesse Hahn to follow him Wednesday and Thursday to close out that series. Kazmir will go Friday against the Red Sox with Jesse Chavez pitching Saturday on an extra day’s rest and Graveman coming back Sunday.
The A’s could have kept Chavez on regular rest and pushed Kazmir back to Saturday and given him one extra day. But an advantage of having him pitch Friday would mean he misses facing the Los Angeles Angels the following weekend. Kazmir is 2-5 with a 7.56 ERA lifetime against them.
In other pitching news, lefty Drew Pomeranz (sprained shoulder joint) could come off the disabled list Wednesday and might pitch out of the bullpen for the time being.