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[3/27/2013] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Mar.27, 2013 @ 2:46 pm, under MLB

The Cleveland Indians re-signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league.  From MLB.com's Jordan Bastian:

The Indians' goal of keeping Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps came to fruition Tuesday, when the club signed both pitchers to Minor League contracts. The right-handers will remain in Major League camp through Saturday.

Cleveland initially signed Matsuzaka and Capps to Minor League contracts this offseason, but released the pitchers earlier this week after informing them that they would not make the Opening Day roster. By releasing and re-signing the players, the Indians avoid paying them each a $100,000 retention bonus.

... "Dice-K, I tried to remind him of this yesterday," Indians manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. "He's two years removed now from Tommy John. There's no reason he can't be the Dice-K that won 18 games. He just needs some repitition and some confidence, and he's got to remember who he is. I know when he used to take the ball and take the mound, he always felt like he was going to win. He needs to get that back."

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Hiroyuki Nakajima hurt his left hamstring.  From MLB.com Jane Lee:

... Just hours after announcing that Adam Rosales would start the season on the disabled list, the A's watched shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima exit the 10th inning of a road game against the Indians with a left hamstring strain. He's considered day to day.

... Nakajima suffered the injury while running from first to second on a sacrifice bunt, just minutes after he had found his way out of a 0-for-20 slump with a base hit. He motioned for a trainer and walked off the field with a slight limp under his own power, ultimately deferring questions from the media before getting on the team bus.

... Healthy or not, Nakajima still has work to do.

"He was working on some stuff in batting practice today, trying to use his back side and get his legs more involved," Melvin said. "He had a good BP today and took a good swing on that one there in the 10th, so maybe he's making progress, finding something that's working for him."

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Tsuyoshi Wada threw sixty pitches in the bullpen on Monday (fastballs plus change-ups).  He told reporters that he did not feel any discomfort or pain in his left elbow.  If things continue to progress smoothly, he could pitch in a rehab game in April, opening up the possibility of a return to the MLB roster in May or June.

Source: Sponichi 3/27/2013