By Evan Brunell
Daisuke Matsuzaka appears poised to hit the disabled list, as CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam reports.
Dice-K underwent an MRI earlier Tuesday and the results must not have been pleasing. Matsuzaka has been particularly disastrous since leaving his start on April 29 with a tight elbow.
To replace Matsuzaka on the roster, reliever Michael Bowden is joining the team. Bowden is likely not long for the club, as Dan Wheeler is nearing the end of his rehab stint. Still, the club needs someone to fill the breach now and Bowden will make his 2011 debut. The 24-year-old made his debut in 2008 and has pitched parts of each of the last three seasons. Overall, he's tosse 36 1/3 innings and posted a 6.69 ERA, although much of that comes from his 2009 stint. In 2010, he tossed 15 1/3 innings, posting a 4.70 ERA.
It's not yet known who will replace Matsuzaka in the rotation, but the odds are heavy that it will be Alfredo Aceves, who has been starting in Pawtucket and functioning as a long reliever in Boston. On Monday, Aceves nabbed the win with three innings in relief of Matsuzaka and Scott Atchinson.
Bowden has been impressive in Triple-A, tossing up a 1.59 ERA in 22 2/3 innings while whiffing 28 and walking four. It's unlikely he sticks in the bullpen, but with a few clean innings, can build up confidence in Red Sox brass.
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