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Kazmir, Bradford on road to recovery

Kazmir, Bradford on road to recovery

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DENVER -- Seven Rays hit the disabled list within a span of 26 days -- May 18-June 13 -- and now they are in the process of returning to full health.

Left-hander Scott Kazmir is scheduled to start Wednesday night at Class A Charlotte. Manager Joe Maddon said Kazmir will throw 65 pitches, but with a few caveats.

"If he gets through four innings and has a relatively low number of pitches, we'll let him go out for the fifth," Maddon said. "And if he gets to a certain number, we'll let him finish up in the bullpen."

What Maddon wants out of Kazmir is that he feels good physically and regains his fastball command, which will allow him to pound the strike zone whenever he wants.

Kazmir has been on the DL since May 22, retroactive to May 21, with a right quadriceps strain.

Also, side-arming right-handed reliever Chad Bradford pitched one scoreless inning for Double-A Montgomery on Monday. Maddon said it will be at least a week before Bradford, who's returning from elbow surgery on his pitching arm, is activated off the DL and rejoins the Major League roster.

"Everything's been well," Maddon said. "He's feeling good. I don't think it's much longer."

Cheng Sio is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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