Athletics' starter and trade candidate Scott Kazmir left Wednesday's game after three innings due to shoulder tightness, according to the team. Though the severity of the injury is not yet known, it is likely concerning to many contenders who considered Kazmir one of the top arms that will be available on the trade market.
Attention trade shoppers: A's say Scott Kazmir left today's game with tightness in his left shoulder. #Dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 27, 2015
Kazmir, who struck out four Tigers without allowing a run in his three innings of work, is currently undergoing an MRI and will know soon if his injury will require a stint on the disabled list. Any significant time away from the mound will almost certainly hurt the southpaw's trade stock, lessening the value of one of Oakland's most coveted trade chips in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.
Oakland is currently the owner of the second-worst record in baseball with a 17-32 mark, and is known to be an organization that is not averse to radical change due to performance. Kazmir, Josh Reddick, Billy Butler and Steven Vogt may be among the available pieces this summer as the A's sell off major pieces for the second time in less than twelve months.