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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Junichi Tazawa, Hideki Matsui

by on Mar.23, 2010 @ 3:29 pm, under MLB

Daisuke Matsuzaka is apparently on course to join the Boston Red Sox rotation sometime in mid-April (perhaps a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on 4/19).

He took things easy on the 22nd and included a light game of catch during his workouts.  He still appears to be scheduled to pitch against the Florida Marlins on the 25th (he'll likely be the second pitcher used in the game).  After that, he'll pitch every 5th day and work his way up to throwing 95 pitches in one game.

A potential schedule of dates when he could pitch: exhibition games on the 25th and 30th; followed by minor league games on the 4th, 9th, and 14th.

On his intrasquad minor league outing on the 21st, Matsuzaka said he had a hard time throwing hard against the 16-year-old lead-off hitter he faced.

Junichi Tazawa had a rough outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 22nd.  He tossed an inning in relief and allowed 4 runs to score on 4 hits (which also included 3 home runs: Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, and Sean Rodriguez).

Tazawa is competing with other pitchers like Scott Atchison for the final spot in the MLB bullpen.


Kosuke Fukudome played out a full game against the Cleveland Indians for the first time during exhibition play on the 22nd.  Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 0-for-4: line out to second, fly out to left, fly out to left, reached on an error to short.


Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off against the Oakland A's on the 22nd.  He went 1-for-3 with walk: single to left, walk, reached on a error to short, flied out to left.

Ichiro stumbles while running to first and makes a headline in Japan.


Kazuo Matsui did not play in the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 22nd and instead did light workouts.  Matsui found out he wasn't in the starting line-up on the morning of the 22nd.


Ryota Igarashi tossed an inning in relief on the 22nd against the Washington Nationals.  He gave up a run (earned) on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He appeared to have some problems with his control and he works on tweaking his delivery.  He is scheduled to pitch against on the 23rd after the game on the 21st was rained out (the Mets want to test him out on consecutive days).


Hideki Matsui started in left and batted fourth against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 22nd.  For Matsui, it was his first time in the outfield since 6/15/2008.  He didn't have any chances in the outfield and went 1-for-2 with the bat: RBI single, ground out to first, walk.  The Angels sent in a pinch-runner for Matsui when he walked in the 5th.

He told reporters after the game that he felt like he finally got a chance to play a "normal" game.

It also seems Ichiro told Matsui that he looked awful in an Angels uniform when the two met up for the first time on the 21st.