TORONTO - Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir will miss his first scheduled start of the season because of a sore abdominal muscle on his right side.
Kazmir felt fine after a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, but manager Terry Francona decided to play it safe rather than start Kazmir at Tampa Bay on Saturday. Kazmir will return to Cleveland for tests and rejoin the team before Friday's game against the Rays.
The Indians will choose a replacement starter on Thursday, Francona said.
Kazmir hasn't pitched in the major leagues in almost two years. A two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, he was released by the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 and pitched in the independent Atlantic League last year.
Also Wednesday, the Indians claimed right-hander Robert Whitenack on waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to Double-A Akron.