[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
The Durham Bulls today announced Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Scott Kazmir is scheduled to make a rehab appearance against Boston Red Sox prospect Clay Buchholz when Pawtucket faces the Bulls on Monday, June 22nd at 7:05 PM. It is expected to be the only start by Kazmir in Durham this season.
Kazmir was placed on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps on May 21st. He saw his first game action, since going on the disabled list, last night for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Kazmir threw 64 pitches, 44 for strikes (his pre-set limit was 65), fanned five, walked one and allowed just three hits over 4 2/3 innings. The two-time all-star is 51-41 with a 3.85 ERA and 818 strikeouts over the last six seasons.
Buchholz, a sandwich round pick (45th overall) by the Red Sox in 2005, got the nation’s attention in 2007 when, in just his second major league start, he pitched a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles. He finished that season going 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA. Buchholz struggled with Boston last season (2-9, 6.75 ERA), so he found himself back in Pawtucket, where he went 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA. This season, Buchholz is 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA with 65 strikeouts against only 17 walks in 71 innings pitched.
Following the game, fans are invited to stick around for a special, post-game fireworks show. Tickets for Monday’s game are available at the Durham Bulls Box Office, by phone at (919) 956-BULL or online at www.durhambulls.com.