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Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka

Aug 20, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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Daisuke Matsuzaka was in the mix for a spot in the Indians’ rotation during spring training, but eventually lost that competition to Scott Kazmir and has spent the entire season at Triple-A.

Today the Indians released Matsuzaka after he started 19 games with a 3.92 ERA and 95/39 K/BB ratio in 103 innings for Columbus. Those are decent enough numbers and Matsuzaka had been on a nice run of late before struggling yesterday. Since the All-Star break he posted a 3.13 ERA and 36/9 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.

  1. jarathen - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Paging Mr. DiPoto… another flameout to add to the AAA rotation.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I am more than surprised he lasted into the last 10 days of August to be quite honest.

  3. pisano - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Another one of Theo’s signings, maybe Theo will give him a shot with the Cubs?

    • jayquintana - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      I think Theo’s smart enough to leave his Boston mistakes in Boston.

  4. larjones64 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Sounds like a Twins starter.this coming from a lifelong Twins fan.

  5. jwbiii - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Odd timing. The Clippers’ season ends in two weeks. There’s no chatter in the Japanese press about him having an offer there.

    • jwbiii - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Apparently it was at his request. Still odd timing.

      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130820&content_id=57601162&vkey=news_cle&c_id=cle

  6. bendover09 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Where is all the bashing that Japanese pitchers can’t pitch ?? As of right now their is three Japanese pitchers in the MLB that rank in the top 5 of pitching this season… I suppose everyone already forgot about those statements

  7. modellforprez - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    wasnt it just last season this dude was a red sock and supposed to be the next big thing? now he cant even stay on the tribe

    • Morning Star - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      He was injured last season. He was (over)hyped when he joined the Red Sox, but he did win 15 games and helped Boston win the 2007 world series.

      He was phenomenal in 2008 (18-3, 2.90).

      Injuries unfortunately befell him and he was never the same.

      Was he overhyped and overpaid? Sure. Compared to Kei Igawa the sox made out much better than NY.

      • Caught Looking - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        He wasn’t phenomenal in 2008. Yes, he had a nice W-L and ERA, but this was a smoke and mirrors season.

        He made 29 starts but only pitched 167 innings and gave up 94 walks (5 BB/9). He also had the second best run support of all pitchers with more than 160 IP.

      • TheMorningStar - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        He always gave up a lot of walks, that was a given…and it makes his 2.90 ERA that much more impressive.

        18-3, 2.90 in the middle of the steroid era = phenomenal.

  8. skerney - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Is he ever going to throw that Gyroball i’ve been hearing so much about? Also, when does FrankTV premiere?

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      The bogus “gyroball” issue is as dead as Shoeless Joe Jackson.

  9. twinsapologist - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Hmm.. He could probably be the Twins best starter.

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