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Daisuke Matsuzaka likely “out for a minimum of a month”

May 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Yesterday the Red Sox announced that an MRI exam revealed “elbow tightness consistent with a UCL sprain” for Daisuke Matsuzaka and Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that they expect him “to be out for a minimum of a month.”

Believe it or not that would actually qualify as good news for Matsuzaka, because UCL sprains are often precursors for Tommy John surgery and that would knock him out for 12-18 months.

Matsuzaka is scheduled to be re-examined in two weeks, at which point the Red Sox should have a much better idea about whether he can avoid surgery. In the meantime the search for rotation help has led them all the way down to Kevin Millwood.

  1. hardballbalk - May 19, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Man, I bet Ernest Hemingway would have loved Dice-K. The writer cornered the market on characters staring failure and futility in the face but enduring nonetheless. In some manner it’s downright noble of the hurler to head out there knowing he’s fighting a losing battle but giving it a shot. In the end, trying to pitch with a UCL injury is like trying to haul the carcass of a dead marlin back to shore through shark-infested waters. It’s not going to happen.

    It’s too bad really, Hemingway’s sequel would have been epic: “Another Farewell to Arms.”

    (For those writers out there, this is a useful style resource:

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