Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir exited Wednesday evening's contest against the New York Yankees after three innings and 50 pitches thrown with a 2-1 lead. The A's announced that he exited the game with "left triceps tightness." Kazmir was seen on the A's broadcast to be taking his time between pitches, including walking off the mound between pitches frequently.
Kazmir had a similar left triceps issue in April 2014 that caused an early exit but he did not miss a start. Regardless, Kazmir's next scheduled start will be after the All-Star break.
Evan Scribner entered the game to start the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the post-game, Kazmir says he wanted to go out for the fourth inning despite the cramp:
Kazmir considers injury "super minor." He wanted to continue pitching. If not for break, he feels he could make another start in five days.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 9, 2015
While Kazmir was pitching well, you don't want to risk a bigger injury by allowing him to continue, whether it is to pitch for the A's or potentially for another team.