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LOS ANGELES -- One of the Los Angeles Angels' strengths -- depth in the starting rotation -- became less formidable Saturday when the team announced that left-hander Scott Kazmir will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list.
Kazmir showed up in Tempe, Ariz., with a strained right hamstring on Feb. 17, then missed a spring start with a tight muscle near his left shoulder. Manager Mike Scioscia is confident Kazmir will return after missing one start and rejoin the team when it begins a three-game series in Yankee Stadium April 13.
Kazmir's scheduled start against the Oakland A's Friday will be made by Matt Palmer, who likely would have been headed to Triple-A if not for Kazmir's injury.
"There's no setback with Kaz. It's just a matter of time and him getting stretched out to pitch a little deeper into a game," Scioscia said.
Kazmir will pitch in a minor league game in Arizona Sunday and then make a rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday. His stint on the DL is retroactive to March 31.
Kazmir, 26, was on the DL from May 22-June 27 last year with a right quadriceps strain. The Angels acquired him on Aug. 28 from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for infielders Sean Rodriguez and Matthew Sweeney and pitcher Alex Torres.
The Angels also put reserve outfielder Reggie Willits on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Willits' stint is retroactive to March 30.
Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.