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6/3/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Jun.03, 2011 @ 2:50 pm, under MLB

Games from the 2nd:

Seattle Mariners 8 - Tampa Bay Rays 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-5: strikeout looking, line out to center, ground out to short, ground out to second, reaches on E6.  Ichiro has now been held hittless 18 times this season.  He also has not hit a homer in 56 games from the start of the season -- that ties a career high.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 0-for-3 during a minor league practice game on the 2nd.  Said Nishioka, "I'd like to stay here until I'm capable of running at 100%."

And an update that was posted at CBS Sports' Eye on Baseball blog:

Dorsey also reported that Nishioka looked good in the field and doesn't seem to be suffering any lingering effects from the injury. He broke his leg within one week of the season's beginning and is working his way back.

Neither can be considered close to a return until they start a rehab assignment. It's slow progress until that happens.

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The decision on whether or not Daisuke Matsuzaka has TJ surgery will apparently be made official on the 3rd.

The Boston Herald has the following update (posted on the 3rd, US time):

Matsuzaka met yesterday with team officials to continue a discussion about treatment options for the partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. Based on the findings of their medical staff, the Red Sox have advocated managing the injury with rest and rehabilitation, but Matsuzaka would rather undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.

All signs point to the pitcher getting his way, with the surgery likely to be performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who examined Matsuzaka this week and offered a second opinion.

If Matsuzaka undergoes surgery, the typical rehab period is 12-15 months, often longer. Thus, it's possible his career with the Red Sox is over. His six-year, $52 million contract expires after next season.

And ESPN's Gordon Edes echoes the comment about it likely being the end of Matsuzaka in Boston:

The normal recovery time for reconstructive elbow surgery is a minimum of one year, which means that the best-case scenario for Matsuzaka is that he will return to pitch for the Sox in the second half of the 2012 season. There is no guarantee he will do so, however. About the only certainty regarding Matsuzaka's future is that his clock with the Red Sox runs out after the 2012 season. Roger Clemens has a better chance of returning to the Sox after that than Matsuzaka does.

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And so the Sox will carry on without Matsuzaka, the extraordinary fanfare that greeted his arrival here just over five years ago a distant, and in some ways ludicrous, memory. The notion that he would conquer baseball here the way he had in Japan proved as great a myth as the gyroball.