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SF Giants call on veteran LHP Scott Kazmir for big start against Padres

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 04: Scott Kazmir #16 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park on June 04, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 04: Scott Kazmir #16 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park on June 04, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 22: Scott Kazmir of the SF Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Oracle Park. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The SF Giants will call on a familiar name to start Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres: Scott Kazmir. The Giants will have to clear a spot on the active roster to recall the 37-year old. While the veteran southpaw hasn’t carved out a more permanent role in San Francisco’s pitching staff, he’s already had a pair of big-league stints with the team this season.

The SF Giants recalled LHP Scott Kazmir from Triple-A.

Kazmir has been one of the best comeback stories of 2021. A three-time All-Star, Kazmir had not pitched in the major leagues since 2016. Yet, after playing in an independent league last summer, the Giants signed him to a minor-league deal heading into this season and found his way back to MLB.

Kazmir has appeared in three games for the Giants this year (two starts) and recorded a 6.73 ERA with seven strikeouts and one walk in seven innings. At Triple-A, where he has spent the bulk of his season, Kazmir completed 52.2 innings in 13 games (12 starts) with 48 strikeouts, 18 walks, and a 4.61 ERA.

Kazmir made his MLB debut back in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Rays. While injuries hampered his career, Kazmir has still appeared in 13 big-league seasons, racking up 1696.2 innings pitched with 1615 strikeouts and a 4.02 ERA alongside a 108-97 win-loss record.

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The SF Giants have recently relied heavily on bullpen games to cover innings while several starters have been out with injuries. However, as the season draws to a close, the team will call upon veteran southpaw Scott Kazmir for a huge start against the San Diego Padres.

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