AL strikeout leader Scott Kazmir will be sidelined at least two weeks of spring training because of an elbow strain, although the Tampa Bay lefthander remains confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.
The Rays said yesterday that an MRI did not reveal a serious injury, but stressed the club will not take any unnecessary chances with the 24-year-old's recovery, even if it means him missing a start or two when the season begins.
Kazmir, 13-9 with a 3.48 ERA and 239 strikeouts last season, was scratched Tuesday from a scheduled one-inning appearance in an intrasquad game after feeling discomfort in his left elbow on his final warmup pitch.
Cardinals release SpiezioUtilityman Scott Spiezio was cut by the St. Louis Cardinals after being charged in a six-count complaint involving drunken driving and assault in a December car crash.
A warrant was issued Tuesday for Spiezio, who missed more than a month last year while getting treatment for substance abuse. The warrant was recalled yesterday after Spiezio's attorney appeared in court, and the arraignment was continued to March 26.
The Orange County (Calif.) district attorney charged Spiezio with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more, hit and run, aggravated assault, assault and battery.