27-year old lefty Scott Kazmir got drilled by the Royals yesterday. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and he gave up 5 hits (1 homer), 5 earned runs and he walked 2 batters. Kazmir will likely have a short leash for the Angels this year as he was awful for them in 2010. He pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Angels in 2010 and he was 9-15 with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Kazmir probably will get a couple more starts but if things don’t start getting better for him I see the Angels replacing him in the starting rotation by May 1st.
UPDATE: (4/9/2011) – The Angels have placed Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with a case of lower back stiffness. The Angels have recalled 32-year old righty Matt Palmer to replace him in the starting rotation starting tonight. Palmer pitched in 14 games (1 start) for the Angels last year and he was 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP. He has now pitched in 54 games (14 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 12-4 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. The Angels are hoping that they get the Palmer of 2009 instead of last year’s version.