(PHILADELPHIA) — The Boston Red Sox offense may be clicking on all cylinders, but their pitching ranks just 28th out of 30 Major League teams. They were hoping to have pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka back sooner than later, but due to a setback, he won’t return anytime soon.
Matsuzaka was on a rehab assignment recovering from Tommy John Surgery, but had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. He suffered a strained trapezius muscle, which is the muscle that makes it possible to move your neck, shoulder, and back.
“I feel fine now,” Matsuzaka said following his start last Thursday through interpreter Jeff Cutler. “Nothing awkward. No pain. I feel good.”
The Japanese right hander made just eight starts last season, going 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA. Since joining the Red Sox in 2007, he’s 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN