Kazmir joins SF camp, throws ‘pen session

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The main attraction on the back fields at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday morning was 37-year-old Scott Kazmir, who drew a sizable audience when he threw his first bullpen session since signing a Minor League deal with the Giants earlier this week.

“There was a pretty big crowd, and for good reason,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He’s got a long history of pitching in big games and for several different teams. It was exciting to see him on the bump again. Obviously, having been teammates with Kaz, that was actually kind of an inspiring moment.”

Kazmir hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2016, but the three-time All-Star is on the comeback trail and will be evaluated as a starter this spring. He said he believes he’s found an ideal home with the Giants, who feature several of his former teammates on their coaching staff — including Kapler and director of pitching Brian Bannister — and are run by president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who knows Kazmir from his previous stints with the A’s and Dodgers.

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