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Terry Francona on Daisuke Matsuzaka: “He’s not going to have surgery”

May 24, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

Daisuke Matsuzaka injured Reuters

Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to miss at least a month with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, which is often a precursor to Tommy John elbow surgery, but manager Terry Francona made it very clear that he doesn’t think Matsuzaka will need to go under the knife:

He’s not going to have surgery. He’s not going to have Tommy John. Some reports aren’t very professional. That’s a shame. It’s a shame that we have to do that.

According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal the “some reports aren’t very professional” that Francona is referring to comes from SI.com’s Jon Heyman, who wrote yesterday that Matsuzaka “may need Tommy John surgery” and “asked to see a Japanese surgeon.”

Whatever the case, Matsuzaka is scheduled to get a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, who ranks second to only Dr. James Andrews in terms of exams leading to surgeries. He’s also currently in Japan, although Francona explained that as being for “a personal matter” unrelated to the injury.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - May 24, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Boy i hope he doesnt miss too much time, the blowsoxs need this guy back ASAP!! God i miss him so much already, Lackey too!!

  2. marshmallowsnake - May 24, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    ^^^^Troll.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 24, 2011 at 2:30 PM

      Skank

      • cur68 - May 24, 2011 at 5:45 PM

        harry’s right. He’s more a skank than a Troll, but he has enough trolliness than I do believe the accurate description is ‘dirtyharry1971 = a skanky little troll’.

  3. uyf1950 - May 24, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    If and this is obviously a big IF he does need Tommy John surgery effectively his career with the Red Sox is over. He is under contract through 2012 but it’s my understanding the recovery period from Tommy John Surgery is 12 to 18 months. Effectively ending his ill fated career with the Sox.

    • Glenn - May 24, 2011 at 2:58 PM

      Sox fans can only hope.

      • bobwsc - May 24, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        there is a god.

  4. pisano - May 25, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    One think about Dice-k, you can always count on him going on the DL. That being said maybe that’s a blessing to Boston.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - May 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Get well soon dice-k, the blowsox need you asap!!!

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