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Daisuke Matsuzaka looks ready to return, but are Red Sox ready to have him back?

Apr 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

Daisuke Matsuzaka made his second rehab start last night at Triple-A, tossing six shutout innings, and afterward pronounced himself “ready to pitch in the big leagues.”
Matsuzaka struck out two, walked none, and allowed just three hits after hurling five scoreless innings in his first rehab outing last week, so he’s definitely pitching well.
However, the Red Sox initially said he’d likely need at least three rehab starts before returning from neck and back injuries, and since Matsuzaka rejoining the team would seemingly mean either bumping Clay Buchholz or going to a six-man rotation they’re in no huge rush.
Buchholz beat the Royals in his first start of the season Sunday despite not pitching particularly well, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings while managing just one strikeout. He’ll face a tougher test tomorrow night at Fenway Park against the Rays and might be pitching for his rotation spot.

  1. JBerardi - Apr 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Here’s an incredibly obvious and potentially very effective solution: Wakefield should piggyback Matsuzaka.

    Oh wait, if they lose a game doing that, the Boston sports media might say something to hurt Terry Francona’s feelings. Nevermind, it’s not worth running that risk. Maybe once he has a third ring, he’ll be allowed to do something remotely creative. But probably not.

  2. HomelandDefense - Apr 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    They wouldnt bump Bucholz, it would be Wakefield that gets bumped

  3. Ryan - Apr 16, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    LOL – “pitching today for Boston Timsuke Matsufield.” That would be the longest game in the world.

  4. John from Concord - Apr 16, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Buchholz looked rough against the Royals, but Wakefield got absolutely shelled in Minnesota. That happens to Wake sometimes, but you’ve got to wonder how short the leash is on him this year.

  5. JBerardi - Apr 16, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Longest game in the world or no, it’s a very workable strategy. Hell, the Sox themselves use it all the time.
    Tandem starters. Could save some runs, could save some roster spots. Probably worth a try if someone can summon the courage to try it on the major league level.

  6. Nasty Boy - Apr 16, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Bring the bum back , Let him get shelled like the rest of that so-called pitching staff. The only pitcher the sux have is Lackey. The Pillsbury Doughboy (dice-k) will get his ass kicked.

  7. Pistol - Apr 16, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    I was wondering where all this deep minor league talent is. All I see is Lackey , but maybe they’re waiting for Dice-k ? it’s gonna be a long wait. If they haven’t brought him up by now , how sure do you think they are of him ? Gonna be a rough year sux !

  8. yankeh8r - Apr 16, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    I would disagree – Wake is a tried and true winner whereas buch has largely fizzled since his fluke no-hitter and theo is getting tired of waiting for his star to shine.

  9. Pistol - Apr 19, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Talk about old , Wakefield makes dirt look young . Remember where you heard this , third place.

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