ANAHEIM -- The Angels made a surprise move after their final Spring Training game on Saturday, announcing left-hander Scott Kazmir will start the season on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.
Kazmir, though, is expected to miss just one start, as the move is retroactive to March 31. He will be eligible to start against the Yankees in New York on April 15.
"It's just a matter of time for him to get stretched out and get a little deeper into the game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's been at about 70 pitches and he'll need about two good outings and then he'll be ready for a game. He feels great. There are no setbacks at all."
Kazmir is scheduled to throw in an extended Spring Training game in Arizona on Sunday before starting in a rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
Right-hander Matt Palmer made the 25-man roster and will start in Kazmir's place on Friday against the A's at Angel Stadium. Scioscia said that Palmer, who also served as a long reliever last season, has already thrown 90 pitches in a recent outing and is ready to start.
So while the move came as a surprise, Scioscia said the club had the move in mind because Kazmir hasn't had a chance to get stretched out like fellow starters Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders, Ervin Santana and Joel Pineiro.
"You're always looking forward and we knew it was a possibility a couple weeks ago. He's progressed and gotten very close but he needs a couple more workouts."
Additionally, the club also announced that right-hander Anthony Ortega was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with right triceps tendinitis. Outfielder Reggie Willits was also placed on the disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with a strained right hamstring and fellow outfielder Chris Pettit, who is recovering from surgery on his right shoulder, was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to March 26.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.