09/25/10 9:50 PM ET
Kazmir to spend offseason in Arizona
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
Manager Mike Scioscia emphasized the need for Kazmir to stick to "very aggressive" workout and conditioning programs. The 26-year-old left-hander entered Saturday night's start 9-14 with a 5.84 ERA.
"He was on a meteoric rise of his career," Scioscia said. "Obviously he's had some injuries that have set him back, some mechanical issues. He's totally committed himself to an offseason change in the dynamics of how he works out."
Kazmir trained at home in Houston last season. He suffered a hamstring injury in a home workout and he felt fatigue in his left deltoid muscle in March during Spring Training.
Kazmir missed 30 games because of two trips to the DL in the regular season.
"He has worked out hard, but I don't think he's worked out very wisely on some of the choices he's made and some of the things that he's done in the offseason," Scioscia said. "I think he's learned from his experience and he'll be better off for it."
Scioscia said Kazmir also needs to regain his slider, which has become "a ghost pitch."
Injured infielders get on the field
ANAHEIM -- A trio of injured Angels infielders took early work on Saturday, and it's possible all three could make a return in the final eight games of the season.
Erick Aybar saw action at shortstop, Alberto Callaspo played third and Maicer Izturis played both second and third.
"It was a pretty good club out there," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Aybar, out since Sept. 7, was believed to be finished for the season and possibly looking at surgery for a sports hernia in his left groin until he met with a specialist who felt the strain could heal itself. Callaspo, out since Sept. 20, has been bothered by a bruised left foot. Izturis hasn't played since Aug. 19 because of inflammation in his right (throwing) shoulder.
Scioscia said he won't bring any of the three back if they're not ready. They were tired out on a hot day Saturday, but other than stamina, Scioscia said the only player who would be limited by his injury is Callaspo. He doesn't have a quick first step yet.
The reason to bring them back now, with the team eliminated from postseason contention?
"Win ballgames," Scioscia said. "We want to see that they're healthy, see what they can do."
Scioscia said Aybar and Izturis need more work than Callaspo does before a potential return.
Weaver, Hunter recognized by teammates
ANAHEIM -- Standout seasons from Jered Weaver and Torii Hunter were honored on the field at Angel Stadium on Saturday evening.
Weaver received the Nick Adenhart Award for Pitcher of the Year and Hunter received the Owner's Trophy for MVP. Both players were chosen for the awards by their teammates.
Hunter entered Saturday hitting .282 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. Weaver, who's in contention for the Major League strikeout crown, is 13-11 with a 2.99 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 210 2/3 innings.
Manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Tony Reagins participated in the ceremony.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.