ST. PETERSBURG -- Mike Scioscia said Scott Kazmir still needs to work through certain issues during his rehabilitation from back soreness to regain the excellence he had with the Rays.
Kazmir went to the 15-day disabled list after one bad start in Kansas City on April 3 with soreness in his lower back. He went home to Houston for three days and studied video from various stages of his career with Ron Wolforth, an independent pitching instructor he has known since high school.
The 27-year-old lefthander, who has been in Arizona for several sessions, pitched on Thursday as a part of his rehabilitation and will make one more start before pitching at least one game for Triple-A Salt Lake.
"There's still kind of mixed results," Scioscia said. "Some things he's feeling good with. There's some good sliders and changeups and the fastball command is something that has to keep moving forward with Scott, and I know he's working really hard on it. Physically, he feels fine. I think all the issues are behind him, and just now, it's about getting after it and getting to where he needs to be."
Kazmir allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings on April 3rd against the Royals.