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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 | Owned/Started%: 9/3 | Average Draft Position: 286.72
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Daisuke Matsuzaka hits DL with elbow inflammation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:06 pm ET) 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.  


Early run costs Daisuke Matsuzaka in first loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed a first-inning run, and that was all it would take to earn his first loss of the season Friday against the Marlins.

Matsuzaka opened the game allowing a leadoff triple by Rafael Furcal, who came around to score on a sacrifice hit. The Mets would not lead at any point in the game, in a 3-2 loss. Matsuzaka was solid, allowing just the one run on six hits and a walk while striking out four batters in 5 1/3 innings.

Matsuzaka has been mostly solid for the Mets this season, going 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 47 innings. His next start is set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.  


Daisuke Matsuzaka set to start against Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Mets veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has overcome an illness well enough to make his scheduled start Friday in Miami.

Matsuzaka hopes to maintain the momentum he built up most of the season. He is 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA. More impressive is that he has surrendered just 22 hits in 41 2/3 innings with 41 strikeouts.


Daisuke Matsuzaka won't be available out of bullpen Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins expected starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to pitch a couple of innings out of the bullpen Monday against St. Louis, but his stomach ailment will keep him sidelined again, ESPN New York reports.

Matsuzaka left Sunday's start against the Padres after one inning due to a severe upset stomach. His status remains uncertain for Friday's start in Miami.

"He's still pretty weak from yesterday," Collins said

Daisuke Matsuzaka leaves start due to upset stomach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) The Mets announced starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka left his start Sunday against the Padres after one inning due to a severe upset stomach.

Daisuke Matsuzaka pulled after one inning due to injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was pulled after one inning Sunday against the Padres due to an apparent injury. Matsuzaka was visited by the trainer in the top of the first inning, but he remained in the game to finish off the frame before being replaced by Carlos Torres to start the second inning.

Matsuzaka was charged with two walks during a scoreless first inning. He lowered his ERA to 2.88.


Daisuke Matsuzaka picks up third win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six solid innings Tuesday against the Brewers, and could have pitched more if not for a line drive taken off the leg.

Matsuzaka was able to pitch after a batted ball hit him on the right hamstring in the sixth inning, but manager Terry Collins told ESPN.com he preferred not to leave him in for another frame. However, Matsuzaka felt his arm was more than up to pitching the seventh, despite having thrown 100 pitches already.

"Pitch-count-wise I think I would have been able to go into the next inning fine," Matsuzaka said. "During the game and right now it’s not too bad. But it should start swelling up, I think, by tomorrow. So we’ll see what happens."

Matsuzaka picked up his third win in the 6-2 victory, limiting the Brewers to just one run on three hits and three walks. He struck out five in the win, while throwing 62 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

Matsuzaka seems unconcerned about the injury, but will have to see how he responds in the coming days. He enters his next turn in the rotation, set for Sunday against the Padres, with a 2.95 ERA in 39 2/3 innings on the season. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka chased in fifth inning Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matusaka couldn't make it out of the fifth inning Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on four hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two, but he didn't factor into the decision in his team's 5-4 loss to the Cubs.

Matsuzaka gave up two runs in the first inning and made it through the next three innings without issue. After notching a strikeout to the first batter of the fifth, he put two men on with a single and a walk before being removed. Both runners would score later in the inning. Matsuzaka owns a 3.21 ERA and 34:25 K:BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings while pitching mostly out of the bullpen. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Tuesday.


Daisuke Matsuzaka moving back to the rotation


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will move back into the rotation, according to the New York Post.

Dice-K met with manager Terry Collins, and will slot back into the rotation. He's set to start Wednesday against the Cubs. Matsuzaka has a 2.54 ERA in 28 1/3 innings.


Daisuke Matsuzaka helps his cause in Game 2 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in a quality start and even helped his own cause in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Matsuzaka slapped a run-scoring single off start Zeke Spruill in the second inning. He was charged with two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out six in six innings of a 4-2 victory. He tossed 98 pitches, 67 for strikes.

Matsuzaka owns a 2.33 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 27 innings of work this season. He will likely return to his role in the bullpen.

Daisuke Matsuzaka to make spot start Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) The Mets will turn to reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka to start one half of Sunday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, his first start since 2013.

Matsuzaka had been working as a starter in the minors before he was called up to join the Mets bullpen. He has a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings, with 24 strikeouts and 17 walks. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jose Valverde will close Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) If the Mets have a save situation Friday, either Daisuke Matsuzaka or Jose Valverde will close, according to MLB.com.

The club has been utilizing a closer by committee approach the past few games. Matsuzaka has picked up one save this year. Valverde has recorded two saves this season. 


Mets closer drama not a good situation for Fantasy owners


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) With the surprising demotion of reliever Kyle Farnsworth, the Mets are once again scrambling to fill the closer's role.

Mets manager Terry Collins hasn't named a replacement, but earlier in the week when he was talking about a committee approach he mentioned Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka as candidates to close. Collins also said Jenrry Mejia, who was recently moved from the rotation to the bullpen, will enter the mix down the road, per MLB.com.

So what do Fantasy owners do? Hopefully, pray Collins will eventually name a closer and stick with him.

In the short term, if you are looking to replace Farnsworth, consider Familia and Matsuzaka your best options. Personally, I would add Familia since Collins hinted Sunday Familia is "real close" to stepping into the closer role.

But if you are in a deep format and looking for a player to stash, I'd consider Mejia. His problem in the rotation was facing hitters a second and third time through the lineup. He was pretty good the first time, holding opponents to a .193 batting average. 

In 2011, Baseball America had Mejia as the Mets' top prospect. They wrote, "Even if he flames out as a starter, he can be a dominating late-inning reliever." I definitely buy that.


Mets going 'game by game' with save chances


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins is making another change at closer. He told reporters Tuesday the closer situation will be handled "game by game" in part due to Kyle Farnsworth's heavy workload.

Collins said Farnsworth, Jose Valverde, Jeurys Familia and Daisuke Matsuzaka could be under consideration for save opportunities.

Bobby Parnell began the season as the team's closer before suffering a season-ending elbow injury, which required Tommy John surgery. Valverde replaced him as closer before he was removed in favor of Farnsworth.


Mets still pondering options with rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said he planned to speak Sunday with general manager Sandy Alderson about the final spot in the team's rotation, which is currently occupied by Jenrry Mejia

Collins has avoided questions in recent days about his future plans for Mejia. Whether or not he makes his next start Wednesday against the Yankees could come down to the team feeling comfortable enough with one of its pitching prospects making his first start against a tough opponent.

Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom are considered the leading candidates to join the rotation, if Mejia loses his spot. Reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka could also be an option to pitch Wednesday.

"The answer to me is yes, it will have something to do with it," Collins said of the Subway Series. "It's going to be against Masahiro Tanaka. It's going to be here. So I think you've certainly go to take it into consideration."


Mets pondering options if Jenrry Mejia moved to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) If the Mets choose to move Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen, then it doesn't mean Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lost out on the fifth spot in the rotation this spring, would move into the rotation, per The Star-Ledger.

"We haven’t even talked about the first part seriously yet, but what happens after, it wouldn’t necessarily be Daisuke gets it," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said.

Ricco said it is more like the Mets would turn to Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom, who are both in the rotation at Triple-A Las Vegas, over Matsuzaka.


Mets ready to make changes to pitching staff?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) The Mets are not inclined to make a roster move to bolster their bullpen on Thursday's off-day, a source told the New York Daily News. However, future decisions this weekend could hinge on Jenrry Mejia's start Friday against the Phillies.

If Mejia struggles again, Daisuke Matsuzaka could be moved to the rotation and pitcher prospect Rafael Montero could be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to join the bullpen, Daily News writer Andy Martino speculates. Martino also feels if the Mets dip into the rotation at Las Vegas for bullpen help, then Montero would get the call over Jacob deGrom.


Daisuke Matsuzaka earns first career save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his first career save Thursday against the Cardinals.

Matsuzaka was filling in for Kyle Farnsworth, who had pitched the last two games. Though it was his first time in the role, Matsuzaka performed well. He pitched a perfect inning against St. Louis, with one strikeout. 

Matsuzaka will not be the team's primary closer, but could be used when Farnsworth gets a rest. He's posted a 1.69 ERA in 5 1/3 innings thus far. 


Daisuke Matsuzaka give Mets a backup plan


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) The Mets recalled pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka from Triple-A Las Vegas in recent days, and they have a plan for how they might use him in the coming days. Manager Terry Collins told MLB.com Matsuzaka will be around Saturday and Sunday in case either Bartolo Colon (back) or Jenrry Mejia (finger) suffers a setback that keeps them from pitching.

"If Bartolo's back stiffens up on him, [Matsuzaka] has got to be ready," Collins said. "He'll come tomorrow as if he's going to pitch. If Bart's O.K., he'll need to do the same thing with Jenrry. If his finger flares up today or if he can't throw today or tomorrow, we've got to have a backup plan, and right now Daisuke is our best option."

Matsuzaka appeared in two games for Las Vegas, allowing three runs in 12 innings of work. He last appeared in the majors in seven games with the Mets last season, posting a 4.32 ERA in 38 2/3 innings of work.