Indians’ Matsuzaka improving from side injury
The Indians expect right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to be pitch
again in the minor leagues within the next month after an oblique
injury sidelined him.
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
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.