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Daisuke Matsuzaka’s injury “consistent with UCL sprain”

May 18, 2011, 4:34 PM EST

Daisuke Matsuzaka injured Reuters

Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list yesterday with an elbow injury and today the Red Sox announced that an MRI exam revealed “elbow tightness consistent with a UCL sprain and flexor mass strain.”

Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Matsuzaka will be re-examined again in two weeks, but UCL sprains often end up requiring Tommy John elbow surgery that would knock him out for 12-18 months.

For now there’s no reason to assume that Matsuzaka will need to go under the knife–and the Red Sox indicated to Speier that they’re relieved to have caught the problem relatively early–but he won’t be rejoining the rotation any time soon.

  1. easports82 - May 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    And millions of baseball fans rejoiced.

    • easports82 - May 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      he won’t be rejoining the rotation any time soon

      damn quote didn’t work.

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    No surprise here . Alfredo is going to need to step up .

    • patsandsox - May 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

      Pickiup Alfredo and keeping Wake seem to have been good moves with Lackluster and craps (dice).

      I think its time to jettison DiceK. He will probably florish some where else but he just aint making it in Boston. I would rather Alfredo gets the fifth starter position.

      Lackey I have sympathy for as my wife is also going through chemo

  3. omuniz06053 - May 18, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    lackey and dice k: both pitchers struggling and both on DL. coincident? I am q red Sox can and both need to be traded.

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