Daisuke Matsuzaka walks eight in four innings in latest Triple-A start

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Dice-K is having some control problems in the minors. (USATSI)

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Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka did not make the Indians' rotation out of spring training, but he agreed to remain with the team on a minor-league contract and reported to Triple-A. In his third outing with the Columbus Clippers on Thursday night, he walked eight men in four innings.

Dice-K, 32, walked eight men in 7 1/3 innings in his first two starts combined. He's now up to 16 walks in 11 1/3 innings, which is terrible for any level of baseball. He has struck out 14 and allowed seven runs in that time as well.

While with the Red Sox last summer, Matsuzaka walked 20 batters in 45 2/3 innings, which is actually pretty good considering he was returning from Tommy John surgery. Throwing strikes is always a challenge in the first few months following elbow reconstruction. Before getting hurt in 2011, he walked 23 in 37 1/3 innings.

The Indians have used six different starters this year and it will be seven when Scott Kazmir comes off the DL and joins the team. Corey Kluber was also scheduled to start a game last week before rain interrupted. The Tribe has some rotation depth, so Dice-K's control issues aren't much of a concern for the team right now.

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