Dodgers' Scott Kazmir fails to complete inning in rehab start

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Scott Kazmir of the Los Angeles Dodgers has experienced a setback in a minor league rehabilitation start, leaving Wednesday night's game early with neck and rib cage issues.

The team indicated Kazmir will return to Los Angeles for further evaluation. The left-hander didn't last an inning in his first rehab start at Triple-A Oklahoma City, tossing 33 pitches and giving up a three-run homer. He walked two and hit two batters.

Dodgers manager Dave Robertshad said that depending on Kazmir's start, he could return next week on the road against the New York Yankees, but those plans appear to be shelved for now. Kazmir went on the disabled list on Aug. 23 with neck inflammation.

If Kazmir's return is delayed, rookie Jose De Leon could get another start. The right-hander allowed four runs and struck out nine in his major league debut against theSan Diego Padreson Sunday.