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Indians tell Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps they won’t make Opening Day roster

Mar 18, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are among the players in Indians camp on minor-league deals, but this morning the team told both pitchers they won’t be making the Opening Day roster.

According to Jordan Bastian of the Indians are hoping both veterans accept assignments to the minors, which would come with $100,000 bonuses and opt-out clauses if they aren’t called up to the majors by June 1.

Matsuzaka was in the running for a rotation spot that may now go to fellow reclamation project Scott Kazmir, while Capps was competing for a middle relief gig after years as a closer.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    The Indians just might surprise a lot of other teams this year.

    • badintent - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      The Indians will win a playoff berth when the Stanley Cup goes to a canadian team …………… in 2117.

  2. tuberippin - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Report: Indians inform two mediocre pitchers that they suck

  3. cosanostra71 - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Sounds like great news for Scott Kazmir. Wish he had been able to do it when he was with the Angels but you have to root for a great comeback story like this.

  4. oldpaddy - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Francona probably couldn’t handle another season with dice k.
    I can’t think of another pitcher that’s as agonizing to watch.

    • tuberippin - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Takes him about 15 minutes to release each pitch. He might as well be pitching from a lawn chair.

  5. albmtz - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Wait what? Awww.. I thought diceK chose the AL to pitch against the Redsox! Now he has to hold his end of the deal!

  6. Griffinatemylunch - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Darn was hoping to see the “gyro” ball again…it has been what six or seven years since we last saw it?

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