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16 Daisuke Matsuzaka RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 9/13/1980 | Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: /images/players/unknown-hat-170x170.png | Owned/Started%: 4/1 | Average Draft Position: 282.98

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Report: Dice-K heading back to Japan to continue playing career


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Veteran pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has apparently decided to return to Japan to continue his playing career, according to The Japan Times. Fukuoka Softbank Hawks team president Yoshimitsu Goto said Monday the team hopes to have a deal with Matsuzaka in place "in the coming days."

Matsuzaka was a highly touted international free agent when he signed with the Red Sox in December 2006. His MLB career peaked in 2008, when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 29 starts for Boston. However, his career after that was marred by injury. He spent the last two seasons in the majors with the Mets, but he also played for the Indians' Triple-A team in 2013.

Matsuzaka went 56-43 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 158 MLB appearances (132 starts).


Report: Dice-K on the verge of returning to play baseball in Japan


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) It appears veteran pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is on the verge of returning to play baseball in Japan next season, according to WEEI.com.

Matsuzaka was a highly touted international free agent when he signed with the Red Sox in December 2006. His MLB career peaked in 2008, when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 29 starts for Boston. However, his career after that was marred by injury. He spent the last two seasons in the majors with the Mets, but he also played for the Indians' Triple-A team in 2013.

Matsuzaka went 56-43 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 158 MLB appearances (132 starts).


Report: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka could leave Mets for Japan


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) Veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has stated his desire to pitch as a starter somewhere going forward - and that somewhere could be Japan.

The Pacific League champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka a four-year deal, according to Sports Hochi. The deal would be worth about $3.58 million per season.

The 34-year-old Matsuzaka went 3-3 with a 3.89 ERA for the Mets in 2014. Only nine of his 34 appearances were as a starter and he is unlikely to land a spot in the rotation of a Mets team next season that is getting younger, healthier and stronger.


Daisuke Matsuzaka tosses three scoreless frames Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to action Thursday against the Nationals, making his first appearance since Aug. 30. He permitted one hit and three walks while striking out one over three scoreless innings of work. He owns a 4.05 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 80 innings of relief.

Josh Edgin, Daisuke Matsuzaka get cortisone injections in elbow


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Mets pitchers Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka received cortisone injections in their ailing elbows Tuesday, the team announced.

Both players will rest for the next few days before returning to the team for a weekend series in Cincinnati, though it is not clear if they are expected to be available to pitch at that point. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka activated Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been activated from the disabled list, according to ESPN.

Matsuzaka has been sidelined since July 24 due to an elbow injury. He's been able to get through his rehab starts and is ready to return. Matsuzaka will take Vic Black's spot on the active roster.


Daisuke Matsuzaka makes third rehab start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his third rehab start Thursday.

The team had already announced Matsuzaka would make another rehab start, but it wasn't clear when that would happen. He's been sidelined since July 24 with an elbow injury. It's unclear if Matsuzaka will be used as a starter or reliever when he returns to the majors. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka to remain on rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) is expected to make another rehab start after tossing six innings Saturday for Double-A Binghamton.

"We're very happy with the way he threw," Collins said, per MLB.com. "But right now, we aren't sure where the fit is going to be when he's ready to pitch here."


Daisuke Matsuzaka tosses six innings in Double-A start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka began a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton Saturday, giving up one run on three hits in six innings and striking out three.

Matsuzaka is continuing to be stretched out as a starter, though his role will likely be in the bullpen over the remainder of the year if Jacob deGrom can return to full health and no one else in the rotation suffers an injury. Matsuzaka is working his way back from elbow inflammation.


Mets unsure about Daisuke Matsuzaka's role


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The Mets are unsure about pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka's role when he's ready to return, according to the Star-Ledger

Matsuzaka is prepping as a starter during his rehab assignment, but could come out of the bullpen in the majors. Manager Terry Collins said a rotation spot would be open if Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero continue to struggle. "If Jake needs more time and (Montero) continues to stay out of the strike zone, there could be a rotation spot," Collins said.

Matsuzaka has a 3.87 ERA over 74 1/3 innings. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka moving rehab to Brooklyn


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will move his rehab to Brooklyn, according to ESPN.

Matsuzaka tossed three scoreless innings in his rehab debut, and will now pitch the remainder of his assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones. The affiliate is close to the major-league club, meaning Matsuzaka can be available the day the team decides to bring him back. Over 74 1/3 innings, he's posted a 3.87 ERA.


Daisuke Matsuzaka tosses three scoreless innings in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka began a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie Monday on an encouraging note, tossing three scoreless innings while giving up one hit and striking out three.

"It’s been a while since I’ve pitched in a game, so my focus was on how I prepared and how I went in to the game," Matsuzaka told TCPalm.com through an interpreter, per ESPNNewYork.com. "I was able to do that pretty well. Everything went smoothly. I’d give it a 10."

Matsuzaka is expected to make at least one more rehab start before coming off the disabled list.


Daisuke Matsuzaka to remain in minors for a while


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Mets veteran starter Daisuke Matsuzaka will not be activated off the disabled list after his Monday rehab start for Class A St. Lucie, ESPN has reported. Terry Collins said he will have one or two more minor league outings in his recovery from right elbow inflammation.

ESPN is speculating that, although the official word is that they want to stretch Matsuzaka out, the Mets prefer to use others in the rotation at the moment.


Daisuke Matsuzaka close to rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to pitch in a rehab game early next week, likely with the high Class A St. Lucie affiliate, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Matsuzaka threw 51 pitches off a mound Wednesday and is scheduled to have a bullpen session Saturday. He is expected to return in a relief capacity when healthy.


Daisuke Matsuzaka continues to throw from flat ground


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has continued to throw from flat ground this week as he progresses slowly from his bout of elbow inflammation, MLB.com reports.

Matsuzaka has yet to begin mound work, and doing so will be the next key hurdle in his recovery. He's expected to go out on rehab assignment after throwing off a mound.


Daisuke Matsuzaka throws off mound Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) will throw off a mound Monday at Citi Field, per ESPN. It will be the first time he throws off a mound since going on the disabled list in late July.

Matsuzaka is expected to continue his rehab at the team's minor-league complex in Florida Tuesday. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but it's unclear of when he will return.


Daisuke Matsuzaka to throw in three to four days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will resume throwing in three to four days, according to ESPN.

Matsuzaka landed on the disabled list with arm inflammation, but it's not thought to be serious. Matsuzaka is treating the injury with anti-inflammatories. Matsuzaka has a 3.87 ERA over 74 1/3 innings. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka to rest elbow for 7-10 days


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will not require surgery on his injured right elbow, reports Newsday Saturday.

Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list Saturday with inflammation, but has just been prescribed rest. He has an MRI taken Friday which ruled out the possibility of surgery, but he will not pick up a ball to throw for 7-10 days while he rests. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka hits DL with elbow inflammation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, due to inflammation in his right elbow.

Matsuzaka had an MRI taken on the elbow Friday, which apparently showed enough damage to require a trip to the disabled list. The extent of the injury beyond that is not yet known. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka flies back to New York for MRI on elbow


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Though the Mets are currently on the tail end of their road trip, the team has sent pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka back to New York to have an MRI on his elbow.

Matsuzaka gave up a pair of home runs in two innings of relief on Thursday. He owns a 3.87 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP, along with one save over 74 1/3 innings of work this season. It remains to be seen how long he'll be sidelined for moving forward.

Daisuke Matsuzaka headed back to relief role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) With Jonathon Niese (shoulder) set to return from the disabled list Monday, pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is the odd man out of the rotation. Matsuzaka, who is 1-3 with a 4.32 ERA since June 4, will return to the Mets' bullpen.

Daisuke Matsuzaka strikes out 10 vs. Marlins Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka didn't factor into Saturday's decision, giving up four earned runs on four hits and four walks in six innings while striking out 10 in his team's 5-4 win over the Marlins.

Matsuzaka matched a career-high in strikeouts Saturday, with hs three other 10-strikeout games coming during his rookie season, but he's still looking for his first win since June 10. He owns a 3.55 ERA and 67:44 K:BB ratio in 71 innings going into the break.


Daisuke Matsuzaka twirls a gem despite no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka twirled a gem on Monday against the Braves, but was unable to factor into the decision. The right-hander yielded six hits and two walks while striking out three over seven scoreless innings.

Over his last four starts covering 23 1/3 innings, Matsuzaka has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 3.32 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 65 innings. He will make his next start Saturday at home against Miami.

Daisuke Matsuzaka gives up five runs in loss vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka took a loss Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings and striking out five in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Braves.

Matsuzaka (3-3) gave up a run in the second inning and another in the third before the Braves were able to push three runners across in the fourth inning. It was the second straight start in which the pitcher has surrendered five earned runs. Matsuzaka owns a 3.72 ERA and 54:38 K:BB ratio in 58 innings. He's slated to face the Braves again Monday.


Daisuke Matsuzaka drops second straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka dropped his second start in a row Thursday, in a 5-2 loss to the Pirates.

Matsuzaka finished the sixth inning, but had trouble keeping the Pirates off the bases. He allowed five runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out four batters as well on 96 pitches.

Matsuzaka has filled in admirably for the Mets as both a reliever and a starter. He is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 53 innings, with his next start set for Tuesday in Atlanta.