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Daisuke Matsuzaka shooting for a June return

Mar 5, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

Daisuke Matsuzaka

The common thinking is that Daisuke Matsuzaka is going to be set to return from his rehab in July, but Nick Carfado is reporting that things have been going well and that his bullpen session yesterday was “very impressive” and that he’s “throwing hard and using his secondary pitches.”  As such, Matsuzaka is thinking more along the lines of June.

When he went down last year, most people assumed that he’d never throw another pitch for the Red Sox.  How weird/cool would it be if he came back and played a key part on a Red Sox playoff push?  And if he found his gyroball and was a closer or something?

  1. skeleteeth - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Closer? Rather see Bard in his normal setup role and a strong DK in the rotation.

  2. phukyouk - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    I think that the Nation just sent out a collective “OH FUCK!”

    • JBerardi - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      Eh, Matsuzaka wasn’t really a bad pitcher before he started having injury issues. I don’t see any reason that he can’t return from TJ as a solid back-end guy. No guarantees, of course, but it’s not like there’s a ton of downside. He’ll start his rehab in the minors and if he’s good he’ll get some starts with the Sox, and if he’s terrible he won’t. In other words, he’ll likely have a positive effect or no effect at all on the team. Certainly no cause for alarm among Sox fans.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Get better soon Dice-K, boston fans miss you!!! Can’t wait to see him back on the hill :)
    And for the love of god please extend this guy’s contract, what are we waiting for?

    • shaggylocks - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Um, yeah, we should also extend Lackey’s contract while we’re at it. Say, do you think it’s too late to offer Julio Lugo a contract this season? What’s Eric Gagne up to?

      • rollinghighwayblues - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        Locks- if that’s that’s the route you want, might as well give Brad Penny a call. I could not stand watching that man pitch for the Red Sox.

    • jjpt4540 - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      I can see you a Yankees fan.

  4. ptfu - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Forget finding the gyroball. Try finding the strike zone! Too many walks!

  5. patg1041 - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Will somebody go kneecap this guy with a tire iron or something? He is quite possibly the most brutal baseball player to watch that has ever played the game. Not only does he nibble and not throw strikes, he’s Steve Trachsel in between pitches. On top of that, George Costanza can have an orgasm in the time it takes him to complete his windup.

  6. randygnyc - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I hope he forces himself into the rotation or causes trouble in the club house. Maybe he’ll start smuggling in some saki.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    The only way I see him back is if his gyroball actually produced delicious gyro’s.

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