Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Kazmir headed for MRI
Posted Feb 26, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Feb 26, 2008 at 03:45 PM
Rays ace Scott Kazmir will have an MRI exam on his left elbow this afternoon after feeling discomfort while warming up on the mound during today’s intrasquad game. He’ll be checked out at team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton’s office but said the exam was a “precaution.”
Trainer Ron Porterfield put him through a series of tests and Kazmir said he had no problem with them.
“We did all the strength tests and everything and he said I had great strength, and I didn’t feel one thing,” said Kazmir. “That’s always a good sign.”
Kazmir said he felt fine warming up in the bullpen before the game but felt something strange on his third warmup pitch on the mound before the first inning. He said there was no pop or any similar sensation but he didn’t want to push it at this stage. He thought he might have hyperextended it.
“It was just a little scary because I’ve never felt it before,” he said. “But after I talked with Ron and we did some strength tests, I felt confident that we’ll be all right. Just got to check it out just to make sure.”
Kazmir seemed a bit shaken, talking quietly with B.J. Upton and James Shields around the clubhouse, but he said he was confident the results would come back fine. The Rays expect to know more tomorrow.
“We’ll get an MRI and see where we’re at,” he said. “I feel good about it. I feel like I’m going to be all right.”
In other heart-thumping news today, top draft pick David Price was scratched from his scheduled inning of work when he felt stiffness in his throwing shoulder. He’ll be checked out again tomorrow to see if his work schedule needs to be pushed back, but Joe Maddon said there was nothing to worry about.
“He’s fine,” said Maddon.