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Dodgers News: Scott Kazmir Will Start Sunday

Maybe this’ll help clear a muddy situation.

Scott Kazmir returns from injury Sunday to face the Texas Rangers, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times.

Kazmir was plagued by the hip tightness that haunted him last season. His velocity has dipped, and despite rising to 87 mph, is still four mph lower than 2016.

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Dave Roberts said Kazmir simply wasn’t where he needed to be. Apparently he has risen enough to take the hill, but it may be too little too late.

Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood are the leaders for the two open rotation spots, with Hyun-Jin Ryu making a strong push. Kazmir has fallen out of the picture.

The Dodgers could try to fit Kazmir in the bullpen. They could also just designate him for assignment and eat the contract. L.A. will hope he shows something positive in his last couple of spring starts and they can trade him, though that’s optimistic right now.

Los Angeles is rich in pitching depth, but Kazmir is being phased out. The only thing known amongst all is Opening Day is nine days away, and there will be a resolution by then.

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Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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