When last we left the Daisuke Matsuzaka story, two weeks ago, he was “not ready to pitch in the majors”.
There hasn’t been much news about Dice-K since then, but he must have gotten ready in the meantime, because:
DiceK starts Saturday vs Nats
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) June 6, 2012
There’s been no official confirmation from the Red Sox on this, and since it’s only Wednesday, they have time. Matsuzaka is coming back from Tommy John surgery, which he had less than a year ago (in July 2011), and has made seven rehab starts, one in Double-A and now six in Triple-A.
At Triple-A Pawtucket Dice-K threw 28⅓ innings — thus, averaging fewer than five per start — and posted a decent 3.49 ERA and very good 1.02 WHIP. Those aren’t stunning numbers, but with the Red Sox needing starting pitching, they probably figured, “Why not now?”
We’ll find out why or why not on Saturday.