Rays Notes: Wil Myers Call-Up False Start, Scott Kazmir Dominates for Indians

By Robbie Knopf

Was it happening? As soon as Adam Sobsey of Indy Week sent out this tweet from the Triple-A Durham Bulls game, Twitter erupted into chaos.

It didn’t make the slightest bit of sense. The Rays offense has been playing incredibly of late–it has surprisingly been the pitching that has been the problem–and Myers was mired in a slump, going just 4 for his last 23 (.174). Nevertheless, though, it seemed like it was really happening. Myers didn’t suffer any sort of injury and why else would he leave the game? It had to be a call-up, right? Nope. As it turned out, Myers left the game with a stomach problem. Nothing to see here. Myers will arrive in the major leagues eventually, but certainly not right now. Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo could not believe how big of a deal it was that Myers left the game.

Plenty of reason for Kazmir to smile on Thursday. (Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s incredible that Scott Kazmir simply made it back to the major leagues after watching his career come entirely apart. But it’s even more impressive to see him pitching like this. On Thursday afternoon, Kazmir dominated as much as ever for the Indians against the Oakland A’s, going 6 innings allowing just 1 run on 5 hits, striking out 10 while walking none. The Indians won the game 9-2. It was the first time Kazmir had struck out 10 batters in a game since 8/26/09, his final game as a Tampa Bay Ray, and just the fourth time in his career that he struck out 10 while walking none, last on 5/26/08. Kazmir struck out a career-high 13 against the A’s on 8/25/07. After a disastrous first start, Kazmir’s ERA on the season still stands at 4.87, but he has a 2.65 ERA and a 21-3 strikeout to walk ratio in 17 innings in his last three starts. It’s unlikely that Kazmir is about to become an ace in the major leagues again, but it’s clear that he still has something left in the tank and it will be exciting to see what he can do the rest of this season.