Many reporters on Twitter all tweeted it at virtually the same time: Daisuke Matsuzaka has hit the disabled list with a right forearm strain. Scott Atchinson will take his place on the mound to start Saturday’s game, so we’re in for a long night of pitching.
Left-handed reliever Dustin Richardson, who strikes out a ton but walks a ton, has been recalled. It’s possible, but doubtful that Josh Beckett could be ready to take Dice’s next turn in the rotation.
I expect Atchinson will be farmed out after the game for another bullpen arm — Michael Bowden and Fabio Castro are on the 40-man roster, so they’re the most likely candidates. You would imagine Bowden or Boof Bonser would slot in the rotation for Matsuzaka’s next start.