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Matsuzaka officially having Tommy John surgery

Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:28 pm
 
MatsuzakaBy Evan Brunell

It's finally official. Daisuke Matsuzaka will have Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the season, manager Terry Francona confirmed to the Boston Herald.

Dr. Lewis Yocum of the Angels will perform the surgery after Matsuzaka consulted Yocum for a second opinion and further doctors in Japan, apparently deciding to have the surgery before meeting with the Red Sox. That meeting has now happened.

Matsuzaka has a shot to return during the second half of next season, but the heavy sentiment seems to be that he won't do so as both sides are essentially finished with each other. But Matsuzaka still has the chance of being a solid pitcher, and even just two months of that can be valuable for a team. As we all know, you can never have too much pitching. If Dice-K is on track in his rehab, they won't hesitate to get him into rehab games.

Still, it's possible he could be finished with baseball in America. If so, he'll end his stateside career with a 49-30 record and 4.25 ERA in 622 2/3 innings. However, 60 percent of those innings came from 2007-08, when he went 33-15 with a 3.72 ERA in 61 starts. In the three seasons since, he's battled ineffectiveness and injury en route to 44 starts and one extra-inning relief appearance, tossing up a 5.03 ERA.

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