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Matsunaka to return to the field next week?

by on Aug.15, 2010 @ 2:12 pm, under NPB

It seems the plan for Nobuhiko Matsunaka at this point is to have him return to the field at some point next week after getting shots (perhaps cortisone?) to treat the pain in his left wrist (in other words, skip the surgery).  The team will probably keep an eye on him for a few days after the shots to see how he's doing before deciding on whether or not he's ready to begin taking BP and when he can play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun.

In the meantime, Matsunaka is working on his lower body (running) and taking soft-toss BP with his right hand.