June 02, 2011

Dice-K Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery: Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will have Tommy John surgery to fix a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and be out a year, a "baseball source" told ESPN Boston. Dice-K, who is in the fifth year of a six-year $103 million contract, won 33 games for the Red Sox his first two seasons but only 16 since.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:02 AM - 6 comments

That's too bad for him. Obviously the "gyroball" puts a lot of stress on the arm/elbow. Wasn't that what the pitch he supposedly threw called? I forget.

posted by dyams at 11:02 AM on June 02, 2011

Judging from his inconsistent results over the past couple of seasons and his stints on the DL, Matsuzaka has had something wrong for a while. He evidently thought he could fight his way through it, thus did not report it. This is conjecture on my part, but it wouldn't be out of character for Matsuzaka. I hope that his attempt at "heroism" while pitching hurt won't cost him any more of his career.

posted by Howard_T at 02:03 PM on June 02, 2011

I'm guessing we won't see him in the major leagues (at least in the US) again.

posted by flannelenigma at 03:44 PM on June 02, 2011

I think it was during the World Baseball Classic that he was pitching so much, so early in the year, and I don't really think he ever overcame the fatigue and stress that placed on his arm.

posted by dyams at 04:27 PM on June 02, 2011

Now show me Passan's column from 2006 saying the same thing. Everyone was after him. At the time, I was shocked the Sox were able to land him. And now I'm pleased to have 18 months where I don't have to skip every 5th Sox game.

posted by yerfatma at 10:01 AM on June 04, 2011

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