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Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:48 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 9:53 pm
 
By Evan Brunell
MatsuzakaMere hours after manager Terry Francona said that Daisuke Matsuzaka would not undergo surgery and continue his rehab process after receiving a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, Nikkan Sports, translation courtesy Daigo Fujiwara, is reporting that the right-hander needs Tommy John surgery.

This doesn't come as a surprise given Matsuzaka's injury, but Francona reacted harshly to a Sports Illustrated report last week, calling the report unprofessional and saying Dice-K would not be undergoing Tommy John.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports added that Matsuzaka is leaning toward Tommy John surgery after Yocum found a significant tear and recommended the surgery.

“Diagnostically, everything is kind of the same,” Francona had told WEEI earlier Saturday after Matsuzaka received further consultation in Japan after the Yocum second opinion, in what is now a clear indication that everything is not diagnostically the same. “We have to figure how to best go about this. The player or pitcher has to have some opinion, too. But I think you’re always going to go about it non-operatively, first. That just seems like it makes sense to me.”

Matsuzaka was due back in Boston Wednesday evening and is expected to sit down with the team after Boston club doctor Thomas Gill and Yocum conferred. If true, the surgery will knock Matsuzaka out for the remainder of the year and at the very least the first half of 2012, his final year under contract with the Red Sox.

The club has been getting by in the rotation with Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves, as the team has had to withstand an injury to John Lackey as well. With Lackey's return, Aceves is expected to return to the bullpen but it is questionable if the team can rely on Wakefield the entire year. That could put the club in the market for a starting pitcher at the deadline, unless they dip down to Triple-A where to prospect Felix Doubront is currently returning from an injury of his own.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:25 am
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

NSaneNMaine: I haven't a clue how the scores for these posts are determined, but that you received a 3 indicates that it is probably based on the number of original thoughts you've had in the past year.

Come on man, be reasonable! 3 original thoughts in the past year?

You're giving him far too much credit.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

JasonM305:

You're an amateur on so many more levels than on cbssportsline.  I don't know what 305 stands for but it is missing a decimal point if it is a reference to your IQ.  Save your bigotry for those scintillating conversations you have with the other skinhead scum with whom you no doubt associate, and stay off these boards.

I haven't a clue how the scores for these posts are determined, but that you received a 3 indicates that it is probably based on the number of original thoughts you've had in the past year. 




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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:42 pm
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Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

Dice-K needs Tommy John surgery....maybe thats why he has been so bad the last few years.....NOT....mlb hitters adjusted to his pitching....Dice-K losed his pitching control most of the time.....TL surgery wont help him....when he comes back, he could even pitch worst than right now....



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

Jason, you're an asshat.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

Racial slurs, really?  Grow up JasonM.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:19 am
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

Agreed about the inconsistentcy - that is the only thing that has been consistent this entire season is that you have no idea what to expect when the team takes the field - the sox could go out there and score 15 runs two games in a row or they can struggle to put 1-2 runs on the board. 

I also agree about the line-up.  The sox should be putting the A-team out there every single night.  Utlity players should be used when a player absolutely needs to have a break, or if there is an injury or if a particular player has a hard time against a certain pitcher (i.e. Drew hitting lefties).  If I owned the team I'd be ticked off seeing Sutton and Reddick out there while my superstars are sitting on the bench.  The sox have the 3rd highest payroll in all of baseball yet on an average night this past week they have been fielding a lineup comparable with the Braves and Mariners (middle of the road).  If I had been in attendance of any of the games this past week I would have been pissed to see so many AAA players in the lineup.  I mean, you don't go to a rock concert to see the roadies play the sound check - you go to see the actual band.  With the highest ticket prices in all of the MLB because they play in the smallest venue in all of baseball you need to be putting the A-team out there when the team is at home.  I'd be extra ticked off if I was a season ticket holder. 

Francona has been doing a good job as manager, especially with all of the garbage the sox have dealt with for the past two years but I think he's being too careful and giving guys too much rest.  This line-up needs to work together more frequently.  The line-up should be as follows unless there is an injury:
1.  Elsbury
2.  Laser show
3.  Gonzo
4.  Youk
5.  Papi
6.  Crawford
7.  Drew
8.  Lowrie (7-8 can rotate since Lowrie is a switch hitter)
9.  Salty or Tek

There should be little or no change to this order in terms of the people in the line-up - where they bat can change based upon a player's current hitting streaks.  I am still waiting for Crawford to be hitting 2nd or 3rd with Gonzo batting clean-up.  Youk has been doing an admirable job batting clean-up but he's an OBP guy, not a clean-up hitter, he should be batting 3rd with Gonzo hitting clean-up.    &n
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I don't know what Theo sees in Salty either - I just don't see Salty getting over the hump to become an elite catcher.  The sox should have hung on to VMart. 

With regard to Dick-K - if he gets Tommy John surgery his days pitching in the MLB are all but over.  Dice-K's velocity, accuracy, and pitches per at bat have been terrible ever since the World Baseball Classic two years ago.  Dice-K walks too many guys, has a skyrocketing pitch count by the end of the 4th inning on a consistent basis and he always has at least one bad inning per start (usually the 2nd or 3rd inning an occasionally the first inning).  I can see why Theo signed Dice-K when he did, he had tremendous potential to become an elite pitcher and even if he didn't become an MLB ace he certainly would have been one heck of a 4th or 5th starter in the rotation.  I feel bad for boy wonder Theo these past couple of years - a lot of his deals for elite talent have just not been working out - and don't even get me started about Lackey - I could write 6-10 pages about what is wrong with that moron....what a complete waste of money!  I can see why Theo signed him, I'm just bummed that he hasn't worked out even slightly these past two years. 
In summary....... Dice-K plus Tommy John = Dice-K has thrown his last MLB pitch and he's headed back to Japan where he belongs.  It's really sad because Dice-K had so much potential, it's just a bummer that he never realized his full potential on the Red Sox roster because we all know he had good stuff and when he was "on" he could be nearly unhitable.  I think Theo should take Dice-K and Okijima and stuff them in a box and send them "media rate" back to Japan - maybe by the time the box gets there Dice-K's arm will be healed and he can win another WBC for Japan. 



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:18 am
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

Agreed about the inconsistentcy - that is the only thing that has been consistent this entire season is that you have no idea what to expect when the team takes the field - the sox could go out there and score 15 runs two games in a row or they can struggle to put 1-2 runs on the board. 

I also agree about the line-up.  The sox should be putting the A-team out there every single night.  Utlity players should be used when a player absolutely needs to have a break, or if there is an injury or if a particular player has a hard time against a certain pitcher (i.e. Drew hitting lefties).  If I owned the team I'd be ticked off seeing Sutton and Reddick out there while my superstars are sitting on the bench.  The sox have the 3rd highest payroll in all of baseball yet on an average night this past week they have been fielding a lineup comparable with the Braves and Mariners (middle of the road).  If I had been in attendance of any of the games this past week I would have been pissed to see so many AAA players in the lineup.  I mean, you don't go to a rock concert to see the roadies play the sound check - you go to see the actual band.  With the highest ticket prices in all of the MLB because they play in the smallest venue in all of baseball you need to be putting the A-team out there when the team is at home.  I'd be extra ticked off if I was a season ticket holder. 

Francona has been doing a good job as manager, especially with all of the garbage the sox have dealt with for the past two years but I think he's being too careful and giving guys too much rest.  This line-up needs to work together more frequently.  The line-up should be as follows unless there is an injury:
1.  Elsbury
2.  Laser show 
3.  Gonzo
4.  Youk
5.  Papi
6.  Crawford
7.  Drew
8.  Lowrie (7-8 can rotate since Lowrie is a switch hitter)
9.  Salty or Tek

There should be little or no change to this order in terms of the people in the line-up - where they bat can change based upon a player's current hitting streaks.  I am still waiting for Crawford to be hitting 2nd or 3rd with Gonzo batting clean-up.  Youk has been doing an admirable job batting clean-up but he's an OBP guy, not a clean-up hitter, he should be batting 3rd with Gonzo hitting clean-up.        
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I don't know what Theo sees in Salty either - I just don't see Salty getting over the hump to become an elite catcher.  The sox should have hung on to VMart. 

With regard to Dick-K - if he gets Tommy John surgery his days pitching in the MLB are all but over.  Dice-K's velocity, accuracy, and pitches per at bat have been terrible ever since the World Baseball Classic two years ago.  Dice-K walks too many guys, has a skyrocketing pitch count by the end of the 4th inning on a consistent basis and he always has at least one bad inning per start (usually the 2nd or 3rd inning an occasionally the first inning).  I can see why Theo signed Dice-K when he did, he had tremendous potential to become an elite pitcher and even if he didn't become an MLB ace he certainly would have been one heck of a 4th or 5th starter in the rotation.  I feel bad for boy wonder Theo these past couple of years - a lot of his deals for elite talent have just not been working out - and don't even get me started about Lackey - I could write 6-10 pages about what is wrong with that moron....what a complete waste of money!  I can see why Theo signed him, I'm just bummed that he hasn't worked out even slightly these past two years. 
In summary....... Dice-K plus Tommy John = Dice-K has thrown his last MLB pitch and he's headed back to Japan where he belongs.  It's really sad because Dice-K had so much potential, it's just a bummer that he never realized his full potential on the Red Sox roster because we all know he had good stuff and when he was "on" he could be nearly unhitable.  I think Theo should take Dice-K and Okijima and stuff them in a box and send them "media rate" back to Japan - maybe by the time the box gets there Dice-K's arm will be healed and he can win another WBC for Japan.        
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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:41 am
 

Report: Matsuzaka needs Tommy John surgery

Dice-K has not been right since the last world baseball classic where he essentially pitched Japan to the title for the second time in as many WBC's.  The WBC is a stupid event that might be great for baseball but it should be played by amateurs and not professionals because Dice-K was abused by team Japan in the WBC at the expense of the Red Sox.  Dice-K would never be considered an ace, however when he was healthy a couple of years ago he was a decent 4th or 5th starter good for 10-13 wins a season and a bunch of no decisions.  When Dice-K was healthy he was good for a solid 6 to 7 innings; since the last WBC it was more common to see Dice-K pitch right around 5 innings (or some times less if he imploded which was more the norm vs. the exception). 
Dice-K has always thrown a lot of pitches per at bat, however after he pitched in the last WBC his pitches per at-bat nearly doubled and his number of walks per game skyrocketed.  My biggest observation was that his velocity and control of his fastball was terrible following the WBC.  Dice-K's game plan is based upon his ability to throw many different pitches for strikes all based upon his ability to throw and control his fastball and the hitter's fear that he might sneak a fastball by him as his "out pitch".  An inability to throw a controlled heater with good velocity has been Dice-K's downfall for the past two seasons along with a skyrocketing pitch count by the end of the 4th inning.  
If Dice-K chooses to have the Tommy John surgery he may never pitch in the big leagues in the USA again because you know that his control and velocity are going to be affected.  TJ surgery has come a long way and Dr. James Andrews is an amazing orthopedic but I don't think Dice-K will ever come back from this surgery as "good as new" or even close to "as good as new".  When Matsuzaka entered the league he had tremendous promise and he really could have dominated the MLB if he threw less pitches and if he threw more quality pitches; during the game there are just too many 3-2 counts on the batters he has faced for the past two years.  Earlier this season DK looked like he was just about to return to form. 
It looks like DK may have thrown his last pitch for the Red Sox.  Anyone know of any good starting pitchers available on the market?  The sox need two because Lackey is terrible.  I think that signing Dice-K was not a bad signing for Theo because his future was wide open and he could have been a superstar.  The signing of Lackey was a huge mistake both in terms of how much the Red Sox paid for him but also for the length of the contract (5 years, $82.5 million plus incentives).  Lackey has always pitched poorly at Fenway Park - his record pitching at Fenway Park for the Angels should have sent up huge red flags but apparently Theo thought that if he was wearing a different shade of red and if the fans were cheering for him instead of against him he would change and start winning at Fenway - unfortunately that has never happened.
Okay, I'm off my soapbox for tonight - what a rollercoaster season and it's only 25% completed.  The sox looked like they had gotten over the hump in May only to be swept at home by the Chi sox who had just been swept by the Blue Jays.  The Red Sox are a better team than the Chi Sox but the sox laid an egg this week.     
     


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