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San Francisco Giants designate Scott Kazmir for assignment

Jun 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (16) pitches the ball against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Kazmir’s comeback, after not pitching in the major leagues for five years, hit a snag Saturday after the left-hander was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

After last pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, Kazmir had a turn in independent baseball last year before signing a minor league deal with the Giants this spring. He made his debut for San Francisco on May 22 against the Dodgers, giving up one run over four innings.

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In three outings (two starts) this season with the Giants, the 37-year-old was 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA. He last pitched Friday, giving up two runs on three hits over two innings in a start against the Chicago Cubs. He spent a few days this week on the team’s restricted list after the death of a close friend.

The former first-round draft pick in 2002 is 108-97 lifetime with a 4.01 ERA in 300 appearances (298 starts) over 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays (2004-09), Los Angeles Angels (2009-11), Oakland Athletics (2014-15), Houston Astros (2015), Dodgers (2016) and Giants. He is a three-time All-Star.

–Field Level Media