GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Scott Kazmir, who hasn’t pitched in the majors in almost two years, has won a spot in Cleveland’s rotation.
The left-hander was chosen as the Indians’ No. 5 starter on Monday by manager Terry Francona as the club made several roster moves. Kazmir’s comeback took him to the independent Atlantic League last season. A two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, he outpitched a group that included Daisuke Matsuzaka in camp to make the starting staff.
Kazmir went 9-15 with the Los Angeles Angels in 2010. He made one start in 2011 before he was placed on the disabled list and released two months later.
He will be added to the roster before his first start on April 6 at Tampa Bay.
Slugger Jason Giambi was placed on the DL with a back strain.