Indians' Matsuzaka improving from side injury
Matsuzaka has been out since April 28, when he hurt his side while pitching for Triple-A Columbus. Indians vice president Ross Atkins said Sunday that the Japanese right-hander is progressing, and he believes Matsuzaka will be pitching again ''in weeks, not months.''
Matsuzaka signed a minor-league contract in February and was given a chance to win a job in Cleveland's rotation during spring training. But he was beaten out and the Indians released him before he re-signed and reported to the Clippers.
In five Triple-A starts, Matsuzaka went 0-2 with a 3.92 ERA. The 32-year-old was limited to just 18 starts in the past two seasons because of elbow issues.