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BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is preparing for surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.

Matsuzaka spoke Sunday for the first time since the Red Sox placed him on the 60-day disabled list so he can have Tommy John surgery, likely this week.

"It's my first time to get an operation and all I can say is I'm very shocked when it comes to this result," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. "I was told the ligament is torn and to fix it perfectly I need to have surgery."

Matsuzaka is in the fifth year of a six-year deal he signed when Boston brought him over from Japan. With a recovery time of 12 to 14 months, his future with the Red Sox is uncertain.

"I don't think of it that way. I hope I come back to the game again in a Red Sox uniform," he said.

Matsuzaka went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in his first season with the Red Sox, who paid $51.1 million for negotiating rights to the Seibu Lions before signing him to a $52 million deal. Full Story

Zito close to return, Vogelson not leaving rotation

Barry Zito is slated to throw 85 pitches in a rehab appearance Monday, but it doesn't look like there's room for him in the Giants starting rotation as things currently stand. That's because Ryan Vogelsong has been lights out since taking over for Zito. He handcuffed the Rockies for eight innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out seven. He's now 4-1 with a 1.68 ERA in 10 starts.

"Obviously, Vogu is not going anywhere," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after Vogelsong's gem Sunday (Hank Schulman via Twitter).

Vogelsong, 33, is actually one of the feel-good stories of the season. He entered 2011 with a 10-22 record, 5.86 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 315 career major-league innings.

Meanwhile, there's no way Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez or Madison Bumgarner is being removed from the rotation. So Vogelsong makes five. Where does Zito fit on the team?

White Sox activate Teahen off of DL

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have activated third baseman Mark Teahen from the 15-day disabled list and designated right-hander reliever Jeff Marquez for assignment.

The team announced the moves before its home game against Detroit.

Teahen was out with a strained right oblique. He is hitting .226 with one home run and four RBI in 24 games. He was 6 for 31 in eight games with Triple-A Charlotte on his rehab assignment.

He has been playing a reserve role for the White Sox, filling in at third base, first base, right and left field.

Tigers place Purcey on paternity leave

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Tigers have placed reliever David Purcey on the paternity leave list and recalled left-hander Adam Wilk from Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers announced the moves before their game at the White Sox.

Purcey is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 appearances. The left-hander can stay on the paternity leave list for one to three days.

Wilk was 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in nine starts for Toledo. He has appeared in one game with Detroit, allowing an unearned run in 3 2/3 innings of relief.

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