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Daisuke Matsuzaka | Relief Pitcher

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/13/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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According to the Japan Times, Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to return to Japan to pitch for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.
The deal isn't official yet, but it appears to be a forgone conclusion. "Pitchers who can start are a valuable commodity, so we will do our best to get him," said team president Yoshimitsu Goto. "We hope to get this done in the coming days." Matsuzaka, now 34, last pitched in Japan in 2006 before leaving to sign with the Red Sox. Nov 25 - 2:01 PM
Source: Japan Times

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is close an agreement with a Japanese team, reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.

The end of an era. Or something like that. Matsuzaka showed some promise this past season with the Mets, posting a 3.89 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings (nine starts and 25 relief appearances), but the free agent right-hander is probably going to get a bigger financial commitment from a Nippon Professional Baseball team than he would have state-side. If this concludes his major league run, "Dice-K" will finish with a 4.45 ERA in 790 1/3 career frames.
Nov 10 - 3:13 PM

Sports Hochi reports that the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks plan to offer Daisuke Matsuzaka a four-year contract worth about $3.58 million per season.

He'd be crazy to turn that kind of money down, as Matsuzaka would have to take a minor league deal from a major league club. The right-hander has said previously that he'd be open to returning to Japan if they give him a chance to start. It would be shocking if Matsuzaka turns the offer down.
Oct 31 - 9:58 AM

Daisuke Matsuzaka recently received a cortisone injection in his right elbow.

Matsuzaka pitched in two games after being activated from the disabled list last week but evidently began feeling some more soreness. He's expected to be available out of the bullpen by this weekend.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Sep 2 - 8:58 PM

Mets activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list.

Matsuzaka has missed the last month with elbow inflammation but showed the Mets he was ready by allowing just one run over three rehab starts. He'll join the bullpen for now but could be added to the rotation next month if the Mets decide to rest some of their young starters.
Aug 28 - 6:56 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) will make his third minor league rehab start Thursday with Class A Brooklyn.

Matsuzaka, out since July 26 with elbow inflammation, has allowed one run over nine innings with a 6/0 K/BB ratio over his first two rehab starts. He's likely looking a return later this month.
Aug 18 - 5:54 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) tossed three scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with High-A St. Lucie.

Matsuzaka, out since July 26 with elbow inflammation, allowed one hit and no walks while striking out three. He threw a total of 39 pitches. The Mets will likely want him to make another start or two in the minors before bringing him back.
Aug 12 - 9:24 AM

Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) threw a 38-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

Matsuzaka has been out since July 26 with elbow inflammation. He is progressing in the right direction and should return to the team within the next two weeks. He has an ERA of 3.87, a WHIP of 1.33, and 71 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings for the Mets this year.
Aug 9 - 6:43 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) has progressed to throwing off flat ground in recent days.

Dice-K's recovery could take another step forward soon, as he is expected to begin throwing off a mound in the next few days. "He's got to get on a mound and start spinning it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "But I wouldn't be surprised if he's out pitching early next week." Matsuzaka will require a rehab start before being activated by the Mets, but it appears to be a possibility that he will be back with the club within two weeks.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Aug 6 - 8:01 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) is expected to resume throwing in 3-4 days.

Matsuzaka doesn't have any structural damage in his right elbow and anti-inflammatory medication has reduced the swelling. He's eligible to return from the DL on August 9 and it sounds like he'll have a shot to be ready at that time.
Jul 28 - 6:59 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka does not need elbow surgery.

But he's not quite out of the woods yet. Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list Saturday with elbow inflammation and won't pick up a baseball for another 7-10 days. It's possible he won't make it back this year.
Jul 26 - 4:25 PM

Mets placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Matsuzaka flew back to New York on Friday to have his ailing elbow examined, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. Buddy Carlyle will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place in the bullpen.
Jul 26 - 12:59 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka has flown back to New York to have his right elbow examined.

The elbow evidently must have been bothering him when he gave up three runs over two relief innings on Thursday. The Mets should have an update on Matsuzaka's status over the weekend.
Jul 25 - 5:16 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been moved to the Mets' bullpen.

He's clearing space for the return of Jon Niese (shoulder) from the disabled list. Matsuzaka posted a 4.24 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning as part of the rotation and could get another shot to start if Bartolo Colon (or Niese) is traded.
Jul 20 - 1:47 PM

Daisuke Matsuzaka blanked the Braves for seven innings Monday, but he didn't factor into the decision after a three-run eighth.

Matsuzaka remained 2-3 through eight starts this season, with a 3.98 ERA in those games. He's a hard guy to trust, but he's giving the Mets all they could have hoped for. Of course, it is something of a fluke that he's allowed just one homer in 40 2/3 innings as a starter to date.
Jul 7 - 11:52 PM

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