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A little more on Daisuke Matsuzaka’s 106-pitch bullpen session

by on Feb.21, 2009 @ 7:46 am, under WBC

I just found an article on ZAKZAK that had a few more details on Matsuzaka's bullpen session.

  • Matsuzaka wasn't feeling very satisified with his bullpen sessions and decided to go over his 70+ pitch limit today.
  • Matsuzaka feels he's still respecting the wishes of the Red Sox by keep his session to 100+ pitches. Back when he was with the Seibu Lions, he often had 200+ pitch bullpen sessions around this time of year so in his mind, 100 is nothing compared to that.
  • The Red Sox are extemely worried about Matsuzaka's work-load and are trying to do whatever they can to ensure he doesn't throw too much.
  • Matsuzaka is required to provide detailed information regarding his workouts. The Red Sox also apparently have someone pouring over the Japanese papers every day to see what's been said through the media.
  • WBC Pitching Coach Hisashi Yamada said, "Matsuzaka just loves to pitch. I'll let him decide how many pitches he wants to throw."
  • While not 100% clear, it does appear as though Matsuzaka got permission from the Red Sox to throw 100+ pitches. The article uses the word "譲歩した", which translates to "made concessions / compromises," but doesn't really go into any further details.

As Mike mentioned in a comment, it'll be interesting to see what happens if Matsuzaka hits a wall during the middle of the season. If he does, the Red Sox definitely aren't going to be happy.

0 comments on “A little more on Daisuke Matsuzaka’s 106-pitch bullpen session

  1. knucklehead7

    I found a couple of articles about the Red Sox monitoring him. The one in the Providence Journal says the team has a trainer with him.

    From afar, Red Sox keep tabs on Matsuzaka


    “We pretty much get an update every day,” Francona said. “We’ve had contact with him, talked to him on the phone the other day. I think everything’s going very well. There’s some dialogue every day, they send a report on what he did so we’re up to date.” . . .

    Boston Herald

    Nothing specific about the bullpen session.

  2. Gwynar

    Interesting. Didn’t realize the Red Sox sent a trainer with him to Japan. I don’t recall the media every mentioning it either. Of course, I’m not at all surprised. It would only make sense for the Red Sox to do that in order to protect their investment.

    I guess the person Matsuzaka spoke to for permission to throw 100 pitches was his trainer then.