May 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, United States; San Francisco Giants backup pitcher Scott Kazmir (16) throws a pitch in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Kazmir’s return is on hold for now, with the San Francisco Giants placing the southpaw on the shortlist on Monday.
Southpaw Conner Menez has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
Kazmir, 37, is leaving the team indefinitely to take care of “a personal matter at home,” according to manager Gabe Kapler.
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His two appearances (one debut) with the Giants in May were his first big league games since 2016, when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. His two outings with the Giants came against the Dodgers as he gave up three earned runs and two home runs, both against Max Muncy, in five innings.
The former 2002 first-round draft pick is 108-97 with a 4.01 ERA in 300 appearances (298 starts) in 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays (2004-09), Los Angeles Angels (2009-11), Oakland Athletics (2014-15), Houston Astros (2015), Dodgers (2016) and Giants. He’s a three-time All-Star.
Menez, 26, made seven relief appearances for the Giants in 2020, going 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA. He’s 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 career games (three starts) with San Francisco.
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