Kazmir feels good to go after bullpen session

Kazmir feels good to go after bullpen session

CLEVELAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin may not be ready to say how his rotation will line up after the All-Star break, but he is certain the arrangement will include Scott Kazmir.

The Oakland left-hander threw a bullpen session Saturday for the first time since prematurely exiting his Wednesday outing against the Yankees with left triceps tightness and came away feeling pain-free.

"He's felt good every day since that night," Melvin said.

That's especially welcoming news for an A's rotation that's experienced a few blips of late, with right-hander Jesse Hahn hitting the disabled list Saturday with a forearm strain and right-hander Jesse Chavez enduring some midseason struggles.

Brett Lawrie received a day off Saturday, leading Melvin to give Eric Sogard his first start at third base since 2012.

Coco Crisp remains bothered by a neck strain that put him on the disabled list in May and is not close to resuming baseball activity, Melvin said.

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