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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: 8 | Salary: $5,687,500 | Owned/Started%: 24/2 | Average Draft Position: 228.90
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Red Sox's Justin Masterson to have one more bullpen before rehab


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson threw a "pretty intense" bullpen session on Friday, manager John Farrell said on Sunday. 

Masterson is moving closer to a return from the shoulder tendinitis that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on May 13. 

"He'll have at least one more. We'll probably get a total of three bullpens before we send him out on a rehab assignment," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "He's making strong progress in terms of the intensity of the throws, the volume of the throws."


Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson hoping to throw side sessions


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson is aggresively working his way back from a shoulder injury that has landed him on the 15-day DL. Masterson played catch twice this week, according to manager John Farrell and is hoping to throw a couple of side sessions next week, according to the Boston Herald.

"He's responded well to the medication and the limited throws he's making," Farrell said.

Masterson is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA in 35 1/3 innings of work this season.


Red Sox's Justin Masterson threw lightly prior to Friday's game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson threw lightly in the outfield and worked on his mechanics with pitching coach Carl Willis before batting practice Friday night, the Boston Globe reports. Masterson was placed on the disabled list on Thursday with shoulder tendinits.

He held a 6.37 ERA at the time he was placed on the disabled list.


Red Sox place righty Justin Masterson on disabled list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) What was expected has become reality. The Red Sox have placed struggling right-hander Justin Masterson on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, retroactive to Wednesday.

The free agent signee has followed a strong start to the season with two disastrous outings. He yielded 10 runs on 13 hits and seven walks in 6 2/3 innings to catapult his ERA from 4.71 to 6.37. 

Masterson pitched well in four of five starts before those poor performances against Tampa Bay and Oakland, two of the weaker-hitting teams in the American League. He has traditionally fared far better against right-handed hitters, but owns a 7.43 ERA against them this season.

Left-hander Robbie Ross has been promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to take the place of Masterson on the big-league roster.


Red Sox leaning toward putting Justin Masterson on DL


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team likely will place struggling starter Justin Masterson on the disabled list due to general fatigue, ruling out the pitcher's start Sunday, per NESN.

Masterson was hit hard Tuesday, giving up six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Athletics, after which Farrell said that "clearly he's not right." Masterson has allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts. He said he was "not real happy" about the decision to go on the DL, but that he realized his last two outings were not up to par. 

While Farrell didn't indicate who would start Sunday, signs point to Steven Wright getting the nod. 


Red Sox P Justin Masterson rocked in loss against Athletics


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson gave up six earned runs in Tuesday night's 9-2 loss against the Athletics. 

Masterson only went 2 1/3 innings and gave up his six runs on six hits. Two of those hits came on home runs. Masterson struck out one batter and walked another. 

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Masterson may be dealing with an injury. 

"Clearly he's not right," Farrell said, via The Boston Globe

Masterson could wind up being moved to the disabled list soon. 

Masterson has now given up 10 earned runs and only thrown a total of four strikeouts in his past two games.


Red Sox's Justin Masterson walks six in loss vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson couldn't make it out of the fifth inning in Wednesday's loss, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and six walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 5-3 defeat against the Rays.

"It was just lack of control as we got later on in the game," Masterson said, per MLB.com. "The first part was great, first three innings. The fourth, mixed through it. The fifth was kind of a culmination. Just couldn't make the adjustment out there to get back to throwing strikes. Close, but not close enough."

Masterson (2-1) threw just 49 of his 96 pitches for strikes and has now walked three batters or more in four of his last five games. He gave up a run on a single in the third inning and another on a solo home run in the fourth before watching two more runs score on a bases-loaded single in the fifth, which followed a pair of free passes and ended his night.

"For a little bit there I felt like I was in the refilming of Major League," he said. "I could hear the ump saying, 'Ball four, ball eight, ball 12, tried the corner and missed.'"

Masterson owns a 5.18 ERA and 23:18 K:BB ratio in 33 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's in Oakland Tuesday.


Red Sox SP Justin Masterson allows two runs in six innings in no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to take a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday. 

Masterson gave up an RBI double to Carlos Beltran in the first inning and was responsible for a leadoff walk in the seventh inning that came around to score. 

Masterson struck out two and walked three in the outing. 

Masterson's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Rays.


Red Sox SP Justin Masterson takes no-decision on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson gave up three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work on Saturday to take a no-decision against the Orioles.

Masterson gave up a solo homer to designated hitter Jimmy Paredes.

Masterson is scheduled to return to the mound Friday against the Yankees.

Justin Masterson moves to 2-0 for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Red Sox starter Justin Masterson moved to 2-0 on the season with a win over Baltimore on Monday. 

Masterson picked up the victory with five innings of three-hit ball. He allowed one run, walked three and struck out six. 

Masterson threw 53 strikes in 93 pitches and lowered his ERA to 5.74. 

"The slider was working real good," Masterson said, per WEEI. "That's what helped me in 2013 and helped me to be a better pitcher. The best way to do that is to throw it for strikes in good counts."

Masterson's next start is scheduled for Saturday, at Baltimore, in a rematch with Wei-Yin Chen.


Red Sox Justin Masterson gives up 7 runs in no decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) A Red Sox rally allowed starter Justin Masterson to get a no decision, despite giving up seven earned runs in four and two thirds innings. 

Masterson gave up eight hits and walked three as Washington rallied for six runs in the fifth inning. He struck out four and threw 52 strikes in 93 pitches. 

"Command was just not there today," Masterson said, per WEEI. "Whether it was because was a little bit tight or what, I have a rough idea. We’re still working through it...Just off. Just missed. Seeing sliders just not as sharp as they were before and the continue to work through it, getting by with some stuff by changing speeds and then really just a lot of balls in the zone. We’re just missing on a few pitches, but they got me into counts where I couldn’t help and balls weren’t always getting crushed."

Masterson next pitches in the Red Sox Patriots' Day game on Monday, against the Orioles and Miguel Gonzalez. 


Red Sox's Justin Masterson strikes out seven in win Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-2 win over the Phillies Thursday.

"When he's right, he puts the ball on the ground, and he was able to do that here again tonight and helped his own cause with a couple of base hits, but it was a solid six innings," manager John Farrell said after the game, per MLB.com.

Masterson received six runs of support from the offense in the top of the third inning, and while he gave two back in the bottom half of the same inning, he was able to retire the final eight batters he faced before calling it a night.

"Just being able to see that slider, being able to mix that slider in for strikes, that's a really good equalizer for me," Masterson said. "That really helped out. Being able to mix in some sinkers and change that speed a little bit on those guys and have a little bit of command, it's just good. It was tough for them."

Masterson's next scheduled to battle the Nationals Tuesday.


Justin Masterson won't let future with Red Sox impact approach


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) With Rick Porcello locked up for at least four years, Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson is the only starter remaining without a contract beyond 2015. Masterson, 30, is playing under a one-year, $9.5 million deal with Boston and is scheduled to become a free agent for the second straight offseason. He told reporters he won't let his contract uncertainty impact his approach on the mound, per WEEI.

"It can affect people when they do that, but it's also an easy out if a guy struggles or something happens to say, 'That's affecting him.' It may or my not be. But that's always an easy out when those things happen," Masterson said. "Like last year for me, people saying, 'The contract stuff must be affecting him.' That didn't feel good. You get that all the time. 'You should have taken it.' No. I would have actually felt worse if I had taken it because I knew I wasn't feeling good. I just think it's based off the person. But for some people it can make it hard to play."


Red Sox P Justin Masterson primed for regular season


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson is ready to go for his start on April 9th of the regular season. Manager John Farrell noticed that as the spring moved along, Masterson showed more arm strength. 

“We know when he’s right, he’s going to put the ball on the ground,” Farrell said, according to ESPN. “He got through camp healthy and is primed to take a start next Thursday.”

Masterson gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings pitched in a 4-2 win over the Twins on Saturday. The 30-year-old posted an ERA of 3.52 in 23 innings this spring.

Last season he had an ERA of 5.88 with 116 strikeouts and 69 walks in 128 innings pitched.


Red Sox Justin Masterson to pitch third game, unsure of fifth starter


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell has confirmed that Justin Masterson will pitch the third game of the season, according to ESPN.

Although Masterson has been slotted as the third pitcher in the team's starting rotation, the team is still unsure of the fifth spot. 

Masterson, 30, finished last season with an ERA of 5.88 with 116 strikeouts and 69 walks in 128 innings pitched.


Farrell indicates that Wade Miley will pitch Red Sox's fourth game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that Wade Miley will be his starter for Boston's fourth regular season game on Friday against the Yankees in New York, according to the Providence Journal.

Although it appears as if Justin Masterson is Boston's third starter, Farrell has not confirmed his pitcher for Thursday's game against the Phillies.


Wade Miley confirms he'll start for Red Sox against Yankees


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley confirmed that he would be the fourth or fifth starter for the Red Sox to start the season. 

Miley told the media he would make his first start of the regular season against the Yankees, although he didn't specify which game he would start. That series starts after three games against the Phillies. 

That would indicate that Justin Masterson is the Red Sox's third starter, although manager John Farrell hasn't confirmed it. 


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.