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Scott Kazmir stays with Giants and expected to be a starting option again

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It appears the great Scott Kazmir story will see another chapter.

The lefty, who cleared waivers Friday after being designated for assignment, is expected to report to Triple-A Sacramento and continue to be stretched out and viewed as starting depth, Gabe Kapler said Saturday before the first game of a doubleheader in Washington.

The 37-year-old went nearly a full five years between starts but made his major league return with the Giants on May 22. That game went well, and the ensuing two were less sharp. In all, he gave up five earned runs in seven innings with seven strikeouts, and the Giants released him.

Kapler and pitching coach Andrew Bailey talked with Kazmir, who had been away from the team for a few days prior to the DFA because reportedly his best friend had died; he also has had family issues that drew him away from the game after his previous stint, in 2016. He felt like he could still get hitters out, though, and loves baseball, which prompted this comeback that may not be finished.

The Giants, who just lost swing man Nick Tropeano on waivers to the Mets, could use the depth. Aaron Sanchez and Tyler Beede are rehabbing with the River Cats, and Logan Webb could be in a few weeks. Their other Triple-A starting options include lefty Anthony Banda and righty Matt Frisbee.


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