In the last update to this StoryStream™, we noted that Daisuke Matsuzaka had undergone Tommy John surgery. It was June, and considering the typical recovery time for UCL replacement is usually 12 to 18 months, he wasn't expected back until late 2012, if it all this season.
Major leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka got tagged with a loss but felt good in his first rehab start after 10 months away from the game, as the Salem Red Sox fell 7-2 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in front on 1,618 on a blustery Monday night at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
Matsuzaka threw four innings and allowed three runs, which would make him the most effective starter in the Boston rotation right now. His fastball touched 94 m.p.h., and he threw 57 pitches in the game before throwing 13 more in the bullpen.
The start was the first of a 30-day rehab program in the minors, after which Matsuzaka's minor-league appearances would end, but he would either remain on the disabled list or join the Red Sox' roster.