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Sunday, July 18, 2010
Updated: July 19, 9:09 PM ET
Struggling Kazmir heads to DL

By Blair Angulo
Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Things have gone from bad to worse for Los Angeles Angels pitcher Scott Kazmir, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list following the Angels' 2-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners Sunday afternoon.

The left-hander was due to start Tuesday against the New York Yankees, but will miss it because of fatigue in his throwing shoulder.

"I think there's some stiffness there," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It certainly came up just now."

Kazmir (7-9, 6.92 ERA) had possibly the worst outing of his career the last time he took the mound, surrendering a franchise-worst 13 runs to the Oakland Athletics on July 10. He has dropped his last four starts (30 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings) and has already matched a career-high with nine losses this season.

"I'm not thinking about what was the reason why. I'm just looking to get back to where I was. I'm trying to stop looking in the past and look forward," said Kazmir, who opened the season on the DL because of a hamstring strain. "I'll be eligible to come off on Monday, so hopefully that'll be all the time I need.

"It never hurt or anything like that. It just felt a little weak," Kazmir said. "I threw a bullpen yesterday and I felt good, just a little achy. So I guess it's better to miss a start now and be fine than throw on Tuesday and then try to play catch-up pretty much every other start."

The Angels acquired Kazmir for the stretch run in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays last season. He was impressive, going 2-2 with an ERA of 1.73 in six starts.

"I think it's caused less life on the fastball, because the only time I really feel a dead arm is when I'm coming down," said Kazmir, a two-time All-Star. "What made the decision is that after yesterday's bullpen, we did a lot of arm exercises -- and last night I was pretty sore."

Versatile infielder Maicer Izturis, who has been playing mostly at third base, was activated from the DL after missing 27 games with a left forearm strain. Backup first baseman Paul McAnulty was designated for assignment to make room.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.