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Dice-K cruising toward mid-March spring debut

Mar 7, 2010, 4:02 PM EST

Thumbnail image for daisuke matsuzaka return.jpgDaisuke Matsuzaka looked strong during a lengthy bullpen session on Sunday afternoon and the Red Sox are beginning to map out a schedule for his spring game debut. 

Dan Barbarisi of the Providence Journal believes that debut may come on March 17 against the Mets or March 19 against the Pirates.  Either way, it’s good to hear that Matsuzaka will have about three weeks to get geared up for the start of the regular season.  The right-hander got off to a team-prescribed slow start this spring, but he launched 65 pitches on Sunday in a bullpen session and got a nice review from pitching coach John Farrell soon after.

“I’m encouraged from the standpoint he threw 65 pitches, and used all of
his pitches in the bullpen,” said Farrell.  “Right now it’s more of refining the timing
in his delivery and establishing a release point on each individual
pitch, as opposed from a health standpoint that he’s not feeling
anything, which he is not.”

Dice-K is hoping to improve on the 5.76 ERA that he posted in 12 starts last season.

  1. Nasty Boy - Mar 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Who cares, as I said previously , they hosed themselves when they overpaid for him. you can count on one hand how many Asain pitchers do well against major league hitters. That 5.76 era will not be too far off of what he’ll do in the future. Ask the Yankee’s if they would do the Irabu deal over again ? That deal made them look stupid.The Sox would never admit it , but I’ll bet they wouldn’t do their deal over.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Mar 8, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    The Igawa deal makes the Irabu signing look like a slam-dunk winner.

  3. Libservative - Mar 8, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    What an idiotic remark. Plenty of pitchers have had an ERA worse than 5.76 in the history of MLB. Do you conclude that their entire ethnic heritage can’t “do well against Major League hitters”? What’s your next gem of logic? Blacks aren’t smart enough to play quarterback? Latins are too “excitable” to manage? White boys can’t jump?
    What an idiot.

  4. Nasty Boy - Mar 8, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Hey jerk-off, I guess I’ll have to explain this to a narrow minded liberal lunatic such as yourself. The real point here is their competition isn’t as tough as here in the U.S. Our players come from all over the world. Contrary to your statement about blacks, latins , and white boys. Now scumbag , who has the racist views ? Please don’t reply , you’ve done too much damage to your ignorant self already. Let me guess, your a Red Sucks fan, if not , you should be, you moron.

  5. Foges - Mar 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Nasty Boy
    Dice-K in 2008
    18-3 and ERA 2.90
    Maybe the 18 doesn’t mean as much playing for the Sox and getting the run support, but a 2.90 ERA in the American League?!? That says something…

  6. Fecteau - Mar 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Although I disagree that all Japanese players aren’t good persay, they do seem to have short lived shelf life. Hideo Nomo would be case #1. Irabu looked good but most likely fell under pressure in NY, especially by himself. Daisuke has Okajima and a solid group around him. He will be the best Japanese pitcher to cross the Pacific. He should have a better year than last, and for the record, I agree with Foges. 2.90 ERA is sick! His Whip most likely leaves a lot to be desired, but last I checked they don’t go by how many runners on base, they go by how many crossed the plate, and Daisuke is clutch when it comes to battling bases loaded with nobody out!
    Go Sox!

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