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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Daisuke Matsuzaka Could Go Back To DL

BOSTON, MA - MAY 04:  Daisuke Matsuzaka #18 of...
After being pounded by the A's, Daisuke Matsuzaka told reporters he's being plagued once again by neck issues. a disabled list stay might be a possibility.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
After Daisuke Matsuzaka was pounded by the Athletics for five runs in just 1+ innings, the recently returned righty told the media that he is dealing with neck woes that slowed his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

"Leading up to the start, my neck tightened up a little bit. I ended up not being able to throw a bullpen. I focused on getting myself in condition to be able to pitch tonight. I went out there tonight, but I ended up not being able to get my arm through," said Matsuzaka, whose fastball velocity was mostly in the high-80s. "[The injury is in] the same location as spring and two months ago. I just spoke to [manager Bobby Valentine] about what needs to be done, and I think a decision will be made sooner than later."-Via

The last line about sums it up. There's a good chance that Dice-K could be headed for some rest. The fact that the Japanese righty was unable to prepare for his start is a problem for the Red Sox. We know from past experiences what preparation means to him.

With Aaron Cook and Franklin Morales slotted into the rotation and pitching very well, Boston could afford to sit him out now, while they have the guns to compete. It may not always be that way, especially with an injury prone 33 year old in Cook.

It seems to me that, in the best interest of a stretch run, it would make sense to sit Daisuke now and get him rested and hopefully healthy for the second half of the season. Pitchers are a rare commodity down the stretch and having a healthy one could be the difference between the playoffs and early vacation.

According to WEEI, the issue plaguing him now is the same one that kept him from making a scheduled return from rehab earlier this season, which makes it more pressing that it get straightened out "sooner than later". Keep it here for more info. When we get it, you will too.

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