Wednesday afternoon was full of speculation about imminent #HugWatches, but each one turned out to be injury related. The most worrying of which was undoubtedly Scott Kazmir leaving his start after just three innings. He threw 50 pitches, and left with what was described as left triceps tightness.
Kazmir: 1st inning avg FB velo was 91.5 In the 3rd inning it dropped to an avg velo of 86.8.— MLB Daily Dish (@mlbdailydish) July 9, 2015
Scott Kazmir FB% 1st inning FB%: 62.5% 3rd inning FB%: 38.1%— MLB Daily Dish (@mlbdailydish) July 9, 2015
Those figures were cause for concern, but it seems that there's nothing seriously wrong with Kazmir. After the game, he said that " he believ[ed] that dehydration on a muggy night caused some mild cramping", which would clearly affect his ability to get anywhere near full effort out of his pitches. This is great news for the A's, as it shouldn't affect his trade value, or his ability to help the team down the stretch if Billy Beane decides to hold onto him.
While the updates were good for Kazmir, the same cannot be said about starting pitcher Jesse Hahn, who has missed one start with "continued elbow tightness". Hahn threw a bullpen on Wednesday, but it apparently didn't go as well as he and his coaches had hoped for, and they will now send him for an MRI as a precaution. Chris Bassitt, who made two starts in place of Sonny Gray, will take Hahn's spot in the rotation for now.