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Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John surgery Friday

Jun 11, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

dice-k wider Reuters

The deed is done.

According to Allan Ryan of ESPN Boston, Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery Friday in L.A.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum and was deemed a success, though just about every surgery is deemed successful one day after.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona provided an update to reporters Saturday on what he heard from Yocum and where Dice-K plans to do most of his rehabbing:

“Dr. Yocum said he was real pleased with how it went,” Francona told the press. “(Matsuzaka’s) got another appointment with Dr. Yocum in 10 days and, after that, we’ll see if he can start doing some things to get started on his journey back. (Dice-K) understands, and probably agrees, that he needs to stay in Boston. It’s not like he can just go home. Keeping track of things is so important.”

The recovery time for Tommy John surgery can vary, but most pitchers need at least a full year and some cases require 15 months. There’s a chance that Dice-K, who will be a free agent after 2012, has thrown his last baseball as a member of the Red Sox. That’s quite unfortunate given his $103.1 million original price tag.

  1. purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    I heard Hawk Harrelson comment on this over MLB.TV last night. Stoney made the announcement to the news to which Hawk immediately quipped: “He Gone!”.

  2. nicosamuelson2 - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Get well soon, Daisuke.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Why would he want to stay in Boston? After some of the things Sox nation has said about him i would want to get as far away from there as possible.

    • pisano - Jun 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      Hey, I’m no Sox fan, but this guy stuck it in their a#s. I feel sorry for the Sox and their fans, some of the most loyal and dedicated fans in sports. I posted earlier that when he comes back (if he does) he should let the national league watch his act, it’s only right that they feel the pain.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 11, 2011 at 5:37 PM

        I get what you are saying pisano and i agree with you about Sox fans, to a point. But this team payed $50 mil for the right to NEGOTIATE with him before they signed him to a ridiculous contract. I just dont have any sympathy for a team with a $161 mil payroll that repeatedly overpays for guys and than complains about overpaying them.

      • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 5:56 PM

        I don’t feel a bit sorry for the Red Sox or the Yankees, who also got badly burned on a Japanese pitcher. It’s called, do your homework and scouting!

        The White Sox were the first team to completely pull all their scouts out of Japan and a few more teams have since followed suit. The track record in MLB of Japanese pitchers is abysmal; they simply can’t hold up to the much longer MLB season and having to pitch on a more frequent basis.

        In addition, Japanese training techniques of pitchers is a 180 degrees opposite of what all MLB teams preach (long toss in between starts being the biggest complaint among pitching coaches).

        Outside of Gozilla (Matsui), and Ichiru, Japanese position players have for the most part not been significant additions to their teams either. Bottom line? Japanese players are simply a bad investment… it’s a lot like investing in junk bonds… maybe 1 out of 100 pay off, another 3 or 4 out of a 100 break even and the rest you lose your shirt on!

      • JBerardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:15 PM

        “But this team payed $50 mil for the right to NEGOTIATE with him before they signed him to a ridiculous contract. I just dont have any sympathy for a team with a $161 mil payroll that repeatedly overpays for guys and than complains about overpaying them.”

        When has any Red Sox official complained about overpaying a guy? Seriously, name one time this has happened.

  4. smarterthangirardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Hideo Nomo… Justsayinn

  5. pisano - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    royalsfaninfargo,and purdueman… You’re both right, but when the fans that in both cases have to deal with the frustration of these two,(I’m thinking purdueman means Igawa) I kinda of feel for them. In the Yankees case Igawa was so bad he couldn’t make the bigs. Like purdueman said if they had done their homework maybe these two overrated players would still be in Japan. I also agree with purdueman that baseball here is an altogether different game than in Japan.

  6. nicosamuelson2 - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Sometimes, it seems like Sox fans forget that Dice-K and Papi actually, you know, WON BOSTON A CHAMPIONSHIP. #spoiledbrats

    • JBerardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:18 PM

      Yeah, Boston fans are always hating on Ortiz. Also, what?

    • cur68 - Jun 11, 2011 at 11:55 PM

      I miss something? How did Ortiz get drawn into this one? I thought this was Dice K’s deal. Anyhoo, some TJS might be just what his gyro ball needs to make a reappearance.

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