Saturday, June 20, 2009

Matsuzaka likely DL-bound

Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent an MRI exam and several strength tests before and during Saturday's game against the Braves. Red Sox manager Terry Francona was not about to make any kind of announcement -- the Red Sox don't have to make a roster move until Thursday -- but it didn't sound like Matsuzaka was going to go anywhere but on the disabled list.

"I don't think it's any surprise that there's some weakness we're going to have to fix," he said. "We've been fighting this all year. It's been hard. I know I keep coming back to the (World Baseball Classic) and that's probably not a real popular thing in baseball to say that, but he didn't really have a chance to get a foundation. He ramped up to try to get people out, probably, before he was ready. Physically, it's happened to pitchers where they're pitching in earnest before their bodies or their arms are ready to do that. I think we've paid the price for that. We've been playing catch-up. We did what we thought was right to shut him down earlier, and I think we all see that it's not really getting better. It's been a struggle."

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