Matsuzaka Arm Fatigue?? A Dozen Inning Boston Loss Adds To A Dismal Early April
In his first two starts, Daisuke Matsuzaka has given up nine runs in only 6 1/3 innings. Last night in Oakland, he lasted only one inning, giving up five earned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out none...not the typical Matsuzaka outing. The Boston bullpen was tremendous but the Red Sox offense couldn't muster a single run to break the maddening tie. The team stated that Daisuke is suffering from "arm fatigue," a result of his World Baseball Classic appearances. After his brief outing, he said this...
“Not in particular,” Matsuzaka said through a translator when asked if he had any physical problems. “I haven’t had the chance to speak to manager Terry Francona yet, but for me personally, I think I’m OK.”
Boston manager Terry Francona added the following...
“We talked to him a couple of days ago, and he communicated to us that he had some fatigue and general soreness in the back of the shoulder from the WBC,” Francona said. “He came out tonight and didn’t have a whole lot. I felt like he ramped up too quick for the WBC, and we’re feeling the effects of that. That’s what we worried about."
I sincerely doubt that any Red Sox players will be playing in any future World Baseball Classics...down went Youk, Pedey and Matsuzaka. Here's last night's Red Sox pitching summary and then I'll be back with a few syllables...
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
D. Matsuzaka 1.0 5 5 5 2 0 0 12.79
J. Masterson 4.0 2 0 0 0 6 0 4.50
M. Delcarmen 1.2 3 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
R. Ramirez 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
H. Okajima 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 6.75
J. Papelbon 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
J. Lopez (L, 0-1) 0.2 1 1 1 3 1
When will this madness end? We can only wait and hope, hope and wait. They play today at 3:35pm EDT and then head east to their home base...Fenway Park in beautiful downtown Boston.
Red Sox ace Josh Beckett has said he will appeal his ludicrous six game suspension after MLB officials made their shockingly surprising decision. Hey, I saw the game and I witnessed exactly what happened. If you ask me, that suspension is totally baseless and unfounded. What about innocent until proven guilty? I guess that doesn't pertain to major league baseball. It was a nonsensical and sh*t-filled decision. What else can I say?
Boston tries to turn around their mid-April slide this afternoon before they jet east. Let's hope they do. Click on this post's title for more on last night's bummer and as always, BE WELL. Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always read and responded to...count on it. See ya.