Here's something you probably didn't expect to hear a few weeks ago: Scott Kazmir will open the season in a Major League rotation.
The Indians announced the left-hander will be their fifth starter when the 2013 campaign begins next week.
Kazmir, 29, did not pitch in MLB at all last season and only managed one start in 2011 before dealing with a back injury and being released. He showcased himself in an independent league this winter before hooking on with the Tribe.
Kazmir allowed five runs in 13 innings this spring,impressively walking just one against 13 strikeouts.
Before his disastrous stint with the Angels, Kazmir went 55-44 with a 114 ERA+ in parts of six years with the (Devil) Rays. He was a two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay and led the AL in strikeouts