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Scioscia says Scott Kazmir has shown signs of progress in minor league rehab stint

June 10, 2011 |  6:17 pm

Scott-kazmir_275 Scott Kazmir has made four rehabilitation starts for triple-A Salt Lake, and in none of them has the left-hander shown the kind of progress -- or any progress, really -- for which the Angels had hoped.

On Friday, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia did not give any direct answers to questions about how many more opportunities the team would give Kazmir, who has a 15.15 earned-run average in those four minute-leage starts, to find a consistent delivery and release point. 

"There’s a limited time you can give a guy on a rehab stint and that’s winding down," Scioscia said before the Angels' game against Kansas City. "Scott, he’s working hard to find it. He’s got to find it. He’s very frustrated."

Scoscia said the amount of time Kazmir will be given to improve will depend on if he's making progress.

Is there any sign of that happening?

"There has been, but not after [Thursday] night," Scioscia said. 

Kazmir gave up six runs -- five of them earned -- and six hits in 3 2/3 innings Thursday, walking five batters and hitting three others while striking out three. Of his 91 pitches, 52 were strikes.

Scioscia said any personnel issues would be handled by Angels General Manager Tony Reagins, who will be in Salt Lake City this week.

"I know Tony is going to be down there this week and I'm sure that'll be one of the things that is on his plate, to evaluate Scott and see where he is," Scioscia said. 

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: Scott Kazmir. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times