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Daisuke Matsuzaka throws for first time since elbow surgery

Oct 4, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

Red Sox starting pitcher Matsuzaka of Japan stands on the mound with a trainer and his translator during their American League MLB baseball game against the Mariners in Boston

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.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Oct 4, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    …he made 39 throws from “short range” at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida.

    Matsuzaka still managed to walk six and give eight runs. He believes he is back in mid-season form and ready to roll.

    • Joe - Oct 4, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Sorry, but 39 pitchers is about five plate appearances for Matsuzaka. No way he gave up eight runs.

    • jwbiii - Oct 4, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      . . . and it took 90 minutes.

  2. bobwsc - Oct 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    that’s better than what Lackey’s line would be.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 4, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    I wonder if he will ever pitch for the Red Sox again.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Lord, I hope not.

    • Jay Seaver - Oct 4, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      Oh, sure he will. Barring Epstein pulling off an effing-a trade for pitching, there’s not that much available, he’s had streaks of being really good, and he’ll have a chance to impress a new manager in Spring Training. Unless his recovery runs longer than the now-typical one year, we’ll probably see him around the all-star break.

  4. yankeesgameday - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Just in time for game 4 of the world series.

    Oh, that’s right, sorry, the sox didn’t make the playoffs.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 4, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      The Yanks should be joining them in a few hours if A.J. pitches the way we know he can

  5. pisano - Oct 4, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    They ought to send that human slow motion machine back to Japan with a one way ticket and have Lackey along as a stow away.

    • bobwsc - Oct 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM

      that would create an international incident. or the Japanese would think they discovered Big Foot.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2011 at 10:09 PM

        LOL, good one!

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