Kazmir cuts throwing session short

Updated: September 8, 2006, 8:06 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Playing catch for the first time in two weeks, Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Scott Kazmir felt some discomfort in his ailing left shoulder Friday and stopped the session after nine throws.

Kazmir has been on the disabled list twice since the All-Star break because of shoulder inflammation. The left-hander said he doesn't think the problem is serious.

"They don't want me to feel one thing and I felt one thing," Kazmir said. "They don't want me even to try. We're not rushing anything."

The 2006 All-Star doesn't expect to throw again for a couple of days, but the Devil Rays have not ruled out Kazmir returning this season.

"We're still evaluating it," manager Joe Maddon said. "Mentally, we would like the idea of him going into the offseason knowing that his arm feels good. If not, we'll keep him shut down."

The 22-year-old Kazmir was acquired from the New York Mets in a four-player trade on July 30, 2004. He is 10-8 with a 3.24 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 24 starts.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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