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Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka

Mar 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

Indians' Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches three innings against the Giants during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale Reuters

Former Red Sox star pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been released from the Cleveland Indians, per the team’s official Twitter. Matsuzaka battled a litany of injuries throughout his career: a shoulder strain in 2008 and ’09, a neck strain and a forearm strain in 2010, Tommy John surgery in 2011, recovery from the surgery in 2012, and a calf strain this spring.

Since a brilliant 2008 in which the right-hander posted an 18-3 record with a 2.90 ERA, he has posted a 5.53 ERA. The Indians signed him to a Minor League deal on February 10. Despite posting a 2.25 ERA in ten spring innings, the Indians are choosing between Carlos Carrasco and Scott Kazmir for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

Scott Miller of CBS Sports also reports on Twitter that the Indians save themselves $100,000 on a retention bonus due Tuesday.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    That $100,000 might come in handy some time.

  2. Old Gator - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    They’re making another Godzilla movie. Maybe he can do voiceovers.

    • bigharold - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      If he tried it’d be awful. If his acting is anything like his pitching it would be so much time between takes the movie would never get finished.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        Not to mention he would need vocal chord replacement surgery halfway through production.

      • Glenn - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        He’s like watching grass grow, if grass twitched a lot and wiped its sweat (dew) incessantly.

      • Old Gator - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Ackcherley, things turned out kinda well for an aspiring young Japanese-American actor who was chosen to do some of the voiceovers for Rodan. Guy by the name of George Takei. True, his career has now dwindled into taking gratuitous cheap shots at William Shatner, but how much worse could that be, for example, than winding up on a minor league contract with the Feesh?

  3. thebadguyswon - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    SHUUTO!!!

  4. jayquintana - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    The MLB has to come up with a way to measure a guy’s arm age. Dice-BB’s arm age has to be in the mid-50s.

  5. soxfan34110 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I hear that Cashman and the Yanks are considering signing him.

  6. federmattingly - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Hey a 2.25 ERA in ten spring innings is OK. I hope he gets a look from somebody else.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    The human rain delay is going to stay with the Indians, they are working to put together a minor league deal. They tore up the contract specifically to duck the retention bonus clause, by mutual agreement.

  8. skerney - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Hey guys, when is he going to start throwing that Gyroball? That is totally worth a $50 million dollar posting fee. Why don’t we sign another Japanese pitcher at the same time just to make him feel at home. Maybe the other pitcher, let’s call him Hidecki, ends up being more valuable them Dice-K! Dynasty!!

  9. mrobinson14 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Should be bringing him back though. I’d bet on it.

  10. pellypell - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    No worries, Dice is used to walking.

  11. hitdog042 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Even last year Dice showed good stuff at times. His problem is he works too slow and won’t change. He’s also frustrating to catchers constantly calling them off. There’s worse 5 starters out there. someone will call him.

  12. billyboots - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    The Twins haven’t signed yet because?

  13. 18thstreet - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Even that 18-3 season wasn’t that great. The advanced statistics project his 2.90 ERA to a 4.0 or 4.6, depending on whether you like FIP or xFIP. Fangraphs has him better in 2007 than 2008, when (not coincidentally), the Red Sox won a World Series.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7775&position=P

    I don’t wish the guy any ill will, but I can’t figure out how a guy who looked so many in the WBC was so awful in MLB. Yes, the Red Sox overpaid, but lost of teams were interested. His career ERA ended up at 4.50ish — completely, utterly average. A lot of people were wrong about the guy.

    It seems to me that Japanese pitchers often start out impressively and then the leagues figure them out. I don’t have a big study, but it happened to Hideo Nomo, too. Maybe that’s not just Japanese pitchers, though.

  14. hitdog042 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    There’s been some good ones. I think because so much is made of the process the bad ones get more publicized. Nomo had some nice years (and a no hitter). Hiroki Kuroda has been fairly solid. Uehara has been a very good reliever. Okajima was a nice set up man for Boston for a few seasons.

  15. jerryb2339 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    do we all remember when the Red Sox signed him for an obscene amoubnt of money because he was supposedly the Seond Coming?

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