Oct 4, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT
Daisuke Matsuzaka played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in June, with the Koyodo News reporting that he made 39 throws from “short range” at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida.
Matsuzaka reported no problems with his surgically repaired elbow, but he’ll have to clear many more hurdles before a potential return timetable for next season is clear.
Based on a typical recovery timetable for Tommy John surgery Matsuzaka should be ready for game action around the middle of next season, although obviously given how poorly he pitched before being shut down the Red Sox won’t be in any rush to get him back.
He’s owed $10 million in 2012, which is the final season of a six-year, $52 million contract.
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