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Daisuke Matsuzaka isn’t long for the Red Sox rotation

Sep 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed seven innings of one-run ball in his first start back after missing two months with a neck injury, but he’s allowed 11 runs in five innings since then and it sounds like the Red Sox have just about seen enough.

Matsuzaka failed to make it out of the second inning Saturday against the Blue Jays and is now 1-5 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Asked about his status, manager Bobby Valentine told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal that he’s “not sure” if Matsuzaka will remain in the rotation and added that “we’re going to have some meetings here, with him too … he was very disappointed yesterday and so was I.”

In past years the Red Sox have stuck with Matsuzaka through similar struggles, but the big difference this time around is that his contract is finally over after this season. Boston isn’t exactly overflowing with quality rotation options at this point, but when Matsuzaka’s time with the Red Sox will be over a month from now anyway there isn’t much motivation to keep trotting him out there.

  1. bigharold - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    come on!! Give him one more shot,.. Say Thursday against the Yankees?

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Would you be pleased to be facing Aceves instead?

    • hokiegajanisgod - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      I agree, but only if the Yankees agree to start Kei Igawa.

      • pisano - Sep 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        hokie…. that pos is long gone and the Yankees would like to forget they ever signed him, but on the bright side of things, with the money he hosed the Yankees out of he can get braces on his teeth.

  2. bigleagues - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM


    Just watch how well he throws that ball come the WBC.

    Also, I won’t be surprised if he goes back to the NPB, instead of signing on with another MLB club.

  3. garryfish - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    ByeBye Gyroball!

    • bigleagues - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      It never existed.

  4. comanchepilot - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Dice K has been shown more loyalty than a pack of huskies dragging their leaders sled. What is it about him? He generally sucks as a starter, has overall mediocre numbers, can not be relied upon to step it up a notch in big games – the guy had ONE good year – one. Lots of other pitchers have had 3 or 4 good years before their slide into mediocrity. Every single time there was a game the Sox NEEDED to win – did we EVER say “hey, great, Dice K has the Start!” Never. ’nuff said. Send him back to Japan.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Come on give the kid a chance!! And resign him too!!

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