It could have been worse. It’s only the beginning of Spring Training, so there is sufficient recovery time. After his last warm-up pitch on Tuesday, Scott Kazmir left the mound with discomfort in his left pitching arm. Thankfully, this was only diagnosed as a left elbow strain, and the prognosis for Opening Day is now as good as before. Everyone seemed to know after the initial pain died down that this was nothing serious, although now precautions should definitely be taken to make sure it doesn’t get any worse. Remember Francisco Liriano? Well, thankfully the Rays want to keep him out of action for two weeks, then get him back in there still 2-3 weeks before the season starts. Good to take no chances with him and make sure nothing happens again. We still have James Shields and Matt Garza for some early Spring Training games.