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Kazmir Unlikely to Start Opening Day

ST. PETERSBURG - The news on Rays ace Scott Kazmir's left elbow appeared relatively good Tuesday night - no serious injury, but he's expected to be sidelined about two weeks, which makes it unlikely he'd be ready for the opening day start.

Per the Times, not great news, but better than hearing that he's heading for ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery a.k.a Tommy John Surgery. I'd imagine this puts James Shields in line to take the hill on March 31st, and it'll be interesting whether Kazmir gets skipped the first time and second time through or if he'll simply go on the 15 day disabled list for some time in extended spring training.