Matsuzaka fails to go through five in rehab outing

Daisuke Matuszaka wasn’t pleased with his rehab start Monday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox against the Rochester Red Wings.

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Daisuke Matuszaka wasn’t pleased with his rehab start Monday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox against the Rochester Red Wings.

Matsuzaka pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed zero runs and two hits. But even though he struck out four, he also walked three and threw just 49 of 87 pitches for strikes.

“I had (three) walks and a lot of two-ball and three-ball counts which (elevated) my pitch count,” Matsuzaka said through interpreter Jeff Cutler. “I really wanted to throw at least five innings but it didn’t happen so I’m not really happy about that.”

Matsuzaka was placed on Boston’s disabled list last May 17 and underwent Tommy John surgery on June 10 to reconstruct a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.

He made his first rehab start on April 23 for Class-A Salem and allowed three runs on four hits over four innings in a 7-2 loss to Wilmington. Matsuzaka’s next rehab start was on April 28 at Class-AA Portland where he received a no-decision in a 9-1 victory over Reading. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits replete with no walks and seven strikeouts.

He topped out at 92 – in the fifth inning – on McCoy Stadium’s radar gun.

Overall, Matsuzaka has pitched 13 1/3 innings, allowed four runs on 11 hits, walked five and struck out 14. His ERA is 2.71.
Matsuzaka expressed concern about his surgically-repaired elbow.

“Overall, my body feels good so that’s fine,” he said. “But my elbow, depending on the day, some days it feels better than others. Right now I’m just hoping that when I start it hits the day that I’m feeling good.

“Being ready in two more games is hard to say because it’s a step-by-step process. I’ll see how I pitch in my next outing and see how that goes and then we’ll see where I stand.”

Matsuzaka indicated that his next rehab start would come on Saturday night when Pawtucket hosts Columbus in a 6:05 p.m. game.

The fifth inning began on a promising note when Matsuzaka caught Pedro Florimon and J.R. Towles looking at a third strike. But Darin Mastroianni then cracked a double off the fence in left-center and Ben Revere walked. That prompted manager Arnie Beyeler to remove him in favor of Alex Wilson who retired Sean Burroughs on a ground out. Matsuzaka extricated himself from jams in three of the first four innings.

Rochester had runners on first and second with two outs in the first (one reached on an error) when Matsuzaka induced Rene Tosoni to foul out to third. Then, in the second, with a Red Wing on second and two outs, Matsuzaka got Towles to wave at a third strike.

A Red Wing was on second with two outs in the fourth but Matsuzaka retired Clete Thomas on a fly ball to center.

“Tonight, I didn’t discuss with the catcher (Ryan Lavarnway) what kind of pitches I wanted to work on. But I threw a lot of two-seam (fastballs) and it ended up being a good practice for that pitch.”

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Sports editor at The Warwick (RI) Beacon from 1973-78. Sports writer at The Times (Pawtucket, RI) from 1978-1999. At The Times, I was the beat writer for the Pawtucket Red Sox and Providence College basketball. Retired from The Times in the fall of 1999. Have covered the Pawtucket Red Sox in one capacity or another since 1976. One of only two sports writers who covered The Longest Game (the 33-inning game between the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket in 1981). Member of the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame (Words Unlimited is a Rhode Island organization of sports writers, sports casters and sports publicists). Blogs in-season with a first-hand look at the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.

2 Responses to “Matsuzaka fails to go through five in rehab outing” Subscribe

  1. Benjamin Raucher May 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM #

    I wish him a quick recovery.


  2. El_Corazon May 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM #

    Same ole Matsuzaka. Too much nibbling. He won't add anything to the Sox rotation, I am hoping he does well in Pawtucket and when he gets the call to Boston so he can be "saved" by the pitching sensei, Valentine. He is a free agent after the season. Hope he shows something in a couple of starts, then ship him to LA. the Dodgers would love to have him. Yes, he does have more experience than either Dubront or Bard, but then so do Lester, Beckett and Buchhholz, and how is that working out?? Cook will do a good job eating innings to spell the innings limit boys. See what Matsuzaka brings and spare us the agony of watching him pitch in Boston again.