TORONTO: When is the last time a team added a player to the roster because he was injured?
That might have been an unanswerable trivia question until the Indians placed Scott Kazmir on the roster Tuesday, altering their original plan to avoid adding him to the team until his first start on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“Scott felt a little discomfort in the rib cage area when he was playing catch Monday,” assistant general manager Mike Chernoff said. “He still might make his start, but this allows us to back date him to today if he has to go on the DL. And if he goes on the DL, he could miss less than 10 days.”
At this point, team officials don’t know the exact nature of Kazmir’s problem, but in an effort to be as proactive as they can be, they made it possible for Kazmir to miss as little time as possible if he can’t make his start.
Players cannot be added to the disabled list unless they are on the roster, but once Kazmir was added to the team, the clock could start running on his 15-day DL stint, if he has to go there.
Kazmir doesn’t think he is injured at all.
“This is just a little precaution,” he said. “I’m going to throw my regular bullpen tomorrow, then I should be good to go.”
To make room for Kazmir, lefty Nick Hagadone was optioned to Triple- A Columbus, foiling a plan to keep eight relievers for the first two or three weeks because of the heavy load of early- season games. But if Kazmir has to go on the DL, Hagadone wouldn’t have to wait the mandatory 10 days before returning to the big leagues, because he would be replacing an injured player.
On the other hand, if Kazmir goes on the DL, a starter will have to be summoned from Triple-A to take his turn on Saturday, and room on the roster will have to be made for him. Carlos Carrasco is suspended through Sunday so Trevor Bauer would be the most likely to make the start but Corey Kluber and Daisuke Matsuzaka would also be possibilities.
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