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5/19/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Koji Uehara

by on May.19, 2011 @ 2:39 pm, under MLB

Games from the 18th:

Seattle Mariners 3 - LA Angels 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to third; infield single (run scored); strikes out swinging; walk.

Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 7th, with the Angels down 3-0, and tossed 2 shutout innings.  Final line: 2 IP, 8 BF, 29-20 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Minnesota Twins 4 - Oakland A's 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-4: line out to center; infield single; RBI single to right; line out to center.

New York Yankees 4 - Baltimore Orioles 1 (15 innings)
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 10th, with the score tied 1-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 17-12 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.

Chicago Cubs 7 - Florida Marlins 5
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: strikeout swinging, single to right, infield single (run scored), walk (caught trying to steal second), strikeout swinging.

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The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka from the Providence Journal:

Matsuzaka was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and a strain to his common flexor mass, the result of an MRI taken on Tuesday by team medical director Dr. Tom Gill.

For now, Matsuzaka will be shut down for two weeks before being re-examined. Manager Terry Francona said, though, that a return to throwing even then would be "ambitious."

And Nikkan Sports has some comments from Matsuzaka:

It sounds like it'll take at least one month...

I was shocked when I first heard the diagnosis.  I knew there was something wrong, but I thought it would be, at worst, getting shut down for 2 weeks.  It just didn't seem like it was an injury that would take so long to heal.

You started feeling tightness around 4/29?

I felt some discomfort even before that.  But I thought I'd be ok.  It did feel like it was taking time for me to bounce back after pitching in Anaheim (4/23).

What were your thoughts?

I thought I'd continue pitching like I did in my last start.  I couldn't figure out where my release point should be.  You can't expect to do well in the Majors by trying to trick batters.  I in no condition to help the team right now.  That's when I thought it wouldn't do any good to force myself to pitch.

What will you do now?

There are thing I can do even if I can't throw.  I'm going to do my best to get back in the shortest amount of time as possible.  I'm going to stay positive.

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MLB.com has the following update on Tsuyoshi Nishioka (via Nikkan Sports):

Second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka, out with a fractured left fibula suffered on April 7, also continued his workouts in Fort Myers and is getting closer to playing in rehab games. Gardenhire added that Nishioka will likely have to play in at least 10 games to get ready and will also see time with Triple-A Rochester to see better pitching.