Daisuke Matsuzaka Back On Red Sox Roster

After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Dice K is on the comeback trail.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Activated By Red Sox

With all the kerfuffle surrounding the huge Red Sox/Dodgers trade, and the placement of David Ortiz on the disabled list Monday, there’s one further Red Sox move that sort of went under the radar:

Not only is Daisuke Matsuzaka back on the active roster, but he is starting Monday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Royals, which, at this writing, is just beginning. He allowed a run in the first inning, unearned partly as a result of an error by Dustin Pedroia.

Matsuzaka had been reactivated from Tommy John surgery earlier this season and did not do well, posting a 6.65 ERA in five starts. He was put back on the DL July 3, so he’s been rehabbing for almost two months. Perhaps it will work this time.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Back On Disabled List

Boston righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka had Tommy John surgery in 2011, did all the prescribed rehab and worked his way back to the Red Sox rotation last month.

He made five starts. Only two of them could be charitably described as “decent”, and Monday night against the Athletics in Oakland, Matsuzaka had more trouble with his body:

In the days leading up to the start, Matsuzaka had been bothered by discomfort in his neck and didn’t throw a side session. He was confident he could get through it and give his team a chance to win.

As it turns out, he didn’t even come close, and the Red Sox suffered a 6-1 loss to the A’s.

Matsuzaka pitched one-plus inning, giving up four hits and five runs while walking two and striking out none and throwing a career-low 28 pitches.

And it wasn’t just his neck bothering him:

The injury is a recurrence of the soreness the right-hander felt in his trap muscle while he was in Triple-A in late May.

So this should come as no surprise:

Gomez, a first baseman, was acquired by the Red Sox as a six-year minor-league free agent this past offseason. He appeared in two games for Boston earlier this year, going 0-for-2. (Though he did hit .311/.366/.614 in 72 games at Triple-A Pawtucket.)

Sounds like a summary of Boston’s season.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Will Face Nationals Saturday

When last we left the Daisuke Matsuzaka story, two weeks ago, he was “not ready to pitch in the majors”.

There hasn’t been much news about Dice-K since then, but he must have gotten ready in the meantime, because:

There’s been no official confirmation from the Red Sox on this, and since it’s only Wednesday, they have time. Matsuzaka is coming back from Tommy John surgery, which he had less than a year ago (in July 2011), and has made seven rehab starts, one in Double-A and now six in Triple-A.

At Triple-A Pawtucket Dice-K threw 28⅓ innings — thus, averaging fewer than five per start — and posted a decent 3.49 ERA and very good 1.02 WHIP. Those aren’t stunning numbers, but with the Red Sox needing starting pitching, they probably figured, “Why not now?”

We’ll find out why or why not on Saturday.

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