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Daisuke Matsuzaka could need Tommy John surgery

Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:13 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 1:12 am
By Evan Brunell

MatsuzakaDaisuke Matsuzaka could need Tommy John surgery,'s Jon Heyman reports.
However, following Monday's game against the Indians, Red Sox manager Terry Francona denied the report.

"He's not going to have surgery. He's not going to have Tommy John," Francona told reporters (via the Providence Journal). "Some reports aren't very professional. That's a shame. It's a shame that we have to do that."

Matsuzaka hit the disabled list last week with a tear in his elbow ligament, according to Boston doctors, who prescribed a rest-and-rehab procedure to follow. However, the righty has requested a second opinion from a Japanese surgeon, which the Red Sox have granted. The question doesn't appear to be whether or not there is a tear; rather, if rest is the first step or if surgery should be conducted immediately.

If Matsuzaka is indeed out for the entire year, you can bet Boston will be in the market to trade for a starting pitcher. Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves are currently filling the breach left by Dice-K and John Lackey, but neither are full-season replacements. It just so happens that the Twins are shopping Kevin Slowey, so there could be a fit there, especially if the Red Sox part with a reliever to help Minnesota's beleaguered bullpen.

Matsuzaka looked as if he had turned a corner back into relevancy in the early going, but after leaving his April 29 start early with elbow problems, he couldn't keep the momentum going. Before hitting the DL, he was 3-3 with a  5.30 ERA in 37 1/3 innings, with a career-high walk rate and career-low strikeout mark.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:48 am

Daisuke Matsuzaka could need Tommy John surgery

I will not enroll for your trusty RSS feed. Make sure that you insure?

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:52 pm

Daisuke Matsuzaka could need Tommy John surgery

is it OK for me to specifically ask for a white doctor?  c'mon,what's the japanese doctor going to say?  "you no need suguwie"

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