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Daisuke Matsuzaka to start Saturday against the Nats

Jun 6, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

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Dice-K last pitched in the big on May 16, 2011.  He’ll next pitch in the bigs on June 9, 2012. That’s when he’ll be activated and face the Nationals.

Matsuzaka had his last tuneup last night in which he allowed one run in a short, 1 1/3 inning performance.  Overall he had a 3.65 ERA and struck out 30 guys while walking nine in 37 innings while on rehab. During that time he experiencedsome pain in his trapezius muscle, but now seems to be over it.

Solid work by Matsuzaka, once considered gravy for the Red Sox, not seems pretty important to Boston remaining competitive in the tough AL East.

  1. marshmallowsnake - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    *now

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Thank you. Can’t wait to see him in action. (sarcastic button, please)

    • natstowngreg - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      (sarcasm button)

  3. sabatimus - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Oh dear GOD no.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Oh yes.

      Barring rainout(s), Dice-K will face Gio Gonzalez. No guarantee of victory of course, but I like the Nats’ chances.

      • pisano - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Gee, ya think?

  4. aceshigh11 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Better refill the Vicodin now…gonna be a painful weekend.

  5. teaspoon1731 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Once upon a time, Dice K was a decent pitcher. Then the world baseball classic happened, and he was never the same. Who knows, maybe he’s actually healthy now.

    Besides, what’s the worst that happens? He lasts less than two innings, hits two guys and hands the game over to the bullpen with a 6 run deficit? There are many articles on this site stating how terrible Bard has been, yet that kid collected 5 wins. Have faith in the offense to make up for whatever happens.

  6. giselleisasucubus - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    The guy was good his first 2 seasons. Lets see how he does with a manager who can handle a pitching staff and works well with Japanese players.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Welcome back Dice-K you were missed, hopefully Jenks is going to be back soon and Lackey. And isnt it time for boston to show dice-k some love and show him a contract extension?? another 6 years of this train wreck would work for me

  8. missamyg - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    As a die-hard Red Sox fan all I can say is… who cares??? He will find a way to get injured within his first 2-3 games, blame it on someone else (trainers/rehab) and take the rest of the season off. Sigh, Theos worst move eva!

    • pisano - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      I don’t know about worst, what about Lackey, Jenks, and Crawford? kind of hard to beat that trifecta.

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