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63 Justin Masterson SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/250 | Birthdate: 3/22/1985 | Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: San Diego State | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,687,500 | Owned/Started%: 36/12 | Average Draft Position: 232.59
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Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson gives up one run in outing Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson went 5 2/3 innings Monday, allowing just one run on five hits with four strikeouts against the Twins.

Masterson is now 2-1 this spring with a 3.50 ERA in five appearances.


Red Sox's Masterson throws 80 pitches in minor-league outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson threw 80 pitches in five innings during a minor-league game Wednesday, per the Boston Herald. He allowed four runs on four hits in the first inning before tossing four scoreless innings to finish off his outing.

"I need about two or three more (starts), and I think I'll be right," said Masterson, who is on track to start the third game of the season (April 9) against the Phillies. "This was a great one to go into next and to build on for the next two."

Masterson is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in four spring starts. He has five strikeouts and five walks in 12 1/3 innings.


Red Sox's Justin Masterson gives up six runs in loss to Phillies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson gave up seven hits, six earned runs, two home runs and two walks in Sunday's 11-4 loss to the Phillies. 

Masterson's poor outing statistically followed a rather impressive game this past Tuesday, when he pitched three perfect innings against the Rays. This game raised Masterson's spring ERA to 6.48. 

Even though Masterson was hit quite often during his 3 1/3 innings, he felt he got some small things accomplished. 

"Honestly, I enjoyed this outing," Masterson said, via MLB.com. "I think it was my best outing as far as getting some solid work in, like you're supposed to in spring training."


Justin Masterson earns with with three perfect innings for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Justin Masterson earned his first win of hte spring with three perfect innings for the Red Sox on Tuesday. 

Masterson struck out four and hasn't given up a run in five innings this spring. 

"With each outing Justin is making for us, we're seeing more sink to his fastball, the ability to make the adjustment more readily from pitch to pitch, and just a pitcher who is more aggressive and feeling good about himself physically," manager John Farrell told the Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato.


Red Sox SP Justin Masterson feels 'a lot better' this spring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson said after Saturday's live batting practice session that he feels "a lot better" this spring after dealing with injuries throughout the 2014 season, MLB.com reports.

"I feel a lot better. I feel more flexible, I'm getting more rotation and things are going better," Masterson said. "I just wasn't in a good spot last year, and I was trying to battle real hard through some stuff. This year, I'm much better, but I'm still working and still fighting."

Masterson is healthy again but unsure whether he's throwing at peak velocity.

"Like every guy, he's getting his timing in," manager John Farrell said. "I thought the second half of his BP session was more crisp. The sinker and the action of his pitches were on the plate more consistently. He's just following the progression towards games here next week."

Masterson went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA and 116:69 K:BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings with Indians and Cardinals in 2014.


Red Sox pitcher Masterson not concerned with earning new contract


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) New Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson isn't trying earn a new contract this season. He just wants to pitch.

"I hear people say that to me all the time. Have a good year and you'll get the big contract, but if I was overly concerned about that yeah, that would be the case," Masterson said to The Boston Globe.

Masterson, who is entering his first season in Boston after posting a 7-9 record with a 5.88 ERA between stints in Cleveland and St. Louis, is only concerned about helping the Red Sox get back to the playoffs.

"It's just more fun when you pitch better and when you're able to help your team win. That's what I want to get back to. Last year was disappointing because if the Indians had a healthy Justin Masterson, they might have gotten into playoffs and may have had a whole different ball club."


Red Sox's Justin Masterson in good shape following second bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson went through a relatively light workout Wednesday at the team's spring complex in Florida, throwing 25 fastballs and doing some running.

However, the day was significant for Masterson because he appears to be in a much better situation healthwise as compared to this time last year, per WEEI.com.

“Nothing hurts,” he said when asked about the difference in throwing his second bullpen, compared to his initial time off the mound with the Indians last season. “I feel like I’m getting through a ball. When I came to spring last year I didn’t feel like I could get through a ball. I just figured I needed to loosen up, but it never did. Coming in right now compared to last year? It’s huge.”

After winning a career-best 14 games in 2013, Masterson struggled in 2014 with the Indians and Cardinals. It appears an offseason injury contributed heavily to Masterson's struggles last season.

“In the offseason, after I tore the oblique, I didn’t get it worked through. I didn’t get that scar tissue taken away,” Masterson said. “I didn’t strengthen the way I should have. A lot of things I didn’t do right just because it felt fine. And then it was like I was catching up the whole time, and because of the lack of rotation other stuff started working harder and then you go down that chain. The knee starts hurting a little bit. The hips aren’t working as well as they should. The arm’s not coming through. You’re like, what’s going on here? All of those things were a trickle down effect."


Red Sox sign free agent Justin Masterson


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Red Sox have agreed to terms with free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson on a one-year contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

In 2014, Masterson went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA for the Indians and Cardinals.


Red Sox, Rangers have offers out to Justin Masterson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Rangers and Red Sox have made offers to free agent starting pitcher Justin Masterson, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The right-handed pitcher is also talking to the Marlins, White Sox, Royals, Giants and Twins.

Report: Rangers make contract offer for RHP Justin Masterson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) According to a league source, the Rangers have made a contract offer for right-hander Justin Masterson, reports the Dallas Morning News on Monday. Terms of the bid were not made public.

Per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Masterson has appointments with the Marlins and White Sox at the winter meetings, and he could also meet with the Cubs. Several other clubs, including the Royals, Giants and Twins have also expressed interest in Masterson.

Masterson endured an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, posting a 5.88 ERA in 25 starts (128 2/3 innings).


Masterson meets with Red Sox, next up Marlins and White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Free agent starting pitcher Justin Masterson met with the Red Sox on Saturday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He has appointments set up with the Marlins and White Sox at the winter meetings, and he could also meet with the Cubs.

The Royals, Giants, Twins and several other teams have also shown interest in Masterson.


Report: Tigers, White Sox show interest in Justin Masterson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) The Tigers and White Sox have joined the Royals, Twins and Cubs as teams to show interest in free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Masterson's agent is scheduled to meet with teams over Thanksgiving weekend. The pitcher struggled in 2014, going 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 25 starts.


Justin Masterson looking to sign short-term deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Free agent starting pitcher Justin Masterson, who is coming off a down season in 2014, expressed interest Thursday in signing a short-term deal, according to MLB Network Radio. Despite his struggles last season, Masterson indicated he is receiving plenty of interest.

"It's been high," he said. "Everyone is going to call to inquire to take a look at the medicals and what took place in 2014.

"I'm looking for something short-term. One- or two-year deals. The money is the money, I just want to go out and have fun again."


Marlins considering Justin Masterson, Jason Hammel


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Marlins are considering Justin Masterson and Jason Hammel, according to the Miami Herald

Hammel posted a 3.47 ERA over 176 1/3 innings split between the Cubs and A's. Masterson put up a 5.88 ERA over 128 2/3 innings with Cleveland and St. Louis. 


Report: Justin Masterson drawing plenty of interest in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Starting pitcher Justin Masterson is drawing a lot of interest in free agency, despite coming off a down season, according to ESPN. Teams are considering Masterson as a potential bounce-back candidate and looking to sign him to a one- or two-year deal.

Masterson struggled in 2014 as he was dealing with rib, knee and shoulder injuries. He expects to be at full health in spring training.

The Twins, Red Sox, Braves, Royals, Cubs and Giants are among teams believed to have shown interest in Masterson, who went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 28 appearances (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals in 2014. He was an All-Star and had a career-high 14 wins in 2013.


Indians considering Justin Masterson


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Indians are considering a reunion with pitcher Justin Masterson, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. 

Masterson opened the year as the team's ace, but was dealt to St. Louis by midseason. Cleveland reportedly offered Masterson an extension worth $45 million last season, but he declined that deal. Masterson posted a 5.88 ERA over 128 2/3 innings last year.


Report: Red Sox one of 'many' teams interested in Justin Masterson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Red Sox are one of "many" teams that have contacted Justin Masterson's camp, according to ESPN on Monday. The Cardinals acquired Masterson from the Indians late in the season, and after earning $9.7625 million in 2014, he's now a free agent. Masterson went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA and a 4.50 FIP over 128 2/3 innings of work between his stint with Cleveland and St. Louis.

Justin Masterson gets moved to the 'pen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Cardinals have demoted pitcher Justin Masterson to the bullpen for the final month of the season, MLB.com reports. He allowed four-plus runs in five of his first six starts with his new club. He owns a 6.03 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP on the year.

Cardinals mulling SP options for Thursday's game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny didn't commit to Justin Masterson making his next start Thursday against the Brewers. In fact, he hinted Marco Gonzales and Tyler Lyons could be the leading candidates to start Thursday, per MLB.com.

"(Marco is) a possibility. Tyler (is) a possibility. Justin's a possibility. We'll see," Matheny said. "We've talked a lot about this stuff. It just hasn't been talked about with everybody else, and this isn't the time or place to start making those statements. We just want to put the guy out there that's going to give us the best chance to win. It's going to be how it matches up with other teams and how they look. We'll be willing to make that statement soon, just not right now."


Justin Masterson rocked by Cubs as struggles continue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Slumping Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson made some mechanical adjustments in the time since his last start, but they did not appear to do much, as he struggled yet again in a 5-1 loss to the Cubs Saturday.

The Cubs got to Masterson in the second inning for one run, but things came apart in the fourth inning. Masterson was tagged for a pair of solo home runs in the fourth, followed by one in the fifth before he was listed, after allowing five runs on six hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five batters on 82 pitches in the loss.

The Cardinals acquired Masterson in July with the intention of making him a reclamation project, but that has not worked out so far. He has a 7.90 ERA in six starts since joining the Cardinals, and his rotation spot no longer appears assured. His next start is currently scheduled for Thursday in Milwaukee. 


Searching for answers, Justin Masterson to pitch out of stretch


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Justin Masterson is looking for a solution to his ongoing woes, and he told the St. Louis Dispatch his next start will feature a drastic change.

After trying it out during a bullpen session Wednesday, Masterson told reporters he will pitch exclusively out of the stretch in his start against the Cubs. The decision comes after Masterson has allowed 19 runs in his first 23 innings since the Cardinals acquired him, and the hope is that simplifying his deliver will lead to better results.

"For the most part, I was pitching out of the windup, and things would get better out of the stretch at times," Masterson said. "So we simplified it. I went only out of the stretch (in the bullpen). Less moving parts. You don't have to worry about step back, turn around, ready to throw."

Masterson feels like he can pitch out of the stretch without sacrificing velocity or overall effectiveness. He has struggled mightily with out of the stretch this season, however, allowing a .312/.414/.455 line with runners on base. 


Justin Masterson lasts three innings in loss vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson took a loss Sunday, giving up five earned runs on six hits and two walks in just three innings while striking out three in his team's 7-1 defeat against the Phillies.

Masterson (6-8) didn't toss one scoreless frame before being removed from the game, and he's now surrendered at least four earned runs in four of his first five starts with his new team. He owns a 5.88 ERA and 110:66 K:BB ratio in 121 innings. Masterson is scheduled to face the Cubs Saturday.


Justin Masterson has a tough start Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Cardinals running back Justin Masterson had a tough start Monday against the Reds.

Masterson allowed four runs on five hits over five innings of work. He struck out five and walked two. Masterson performed well early, going four scoreless innings to open the game. Things fell apart in the fifth. Masterson led off the inning giving up two straight doubles and a walk. He was able to get a groundout at that point, but surrendered a three-run blast to Jay Bruce in the next at-bat. Masterson threw 90 pitches during the start.

The Cardinals managed to battle back, giving Masterson a no-decision. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next start. 


Justin Masterson fantastic against the Marlins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson turned in a fantastic start against the Marlins Wednesday.

Masterson tossed seven scoreless innings of work, giving up just three hits. He struck out three and did not issue any walks. Masterson faced the minimum of three batters in all but three innings. He never allowed a running to advance to second base during the start. With the win, Masterson improved to 6-7 on the year. He'll take on the Reds in his next start.


Teammate shows confidence in Justin Masterson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Justin Masterson has not pitched particularly well in his first two starts since his acquisition from Cleveland, going 1-1 with an 11.25 ERA.

However, teammate Adam Wainwright has a good feeling Masterson will have a strong outing Wednesday at Miami.

"I saw his bullpen session and he looked like the old Masty," Wainwright told MLB Network Radio. "I think he'll be really good tonight vs. Marlins."