In the days leading up to the start, Matsuzaka had been bothered by discomfort in his neck and didn’t throw a side session. He was confident he could get through it and give his team a chance to win.
As it turns out, he didn’t even come close, and the Red Sox suffered a 6-1 loss to the A’s.
Matsuzaka pitched one-plus inning, giving up four hits and five runs while walking two and striking out none and throwing a career-low 28 pitches.
And it wasn’t just his neck bothering him:
The injury is a recurrence of the soreness the right-hander felt in his trap muscle while he was in Triple-A in late May.
So this should come as no surprise:
Daisuke Matsuzaka back on DL to make room for Mauro Gomez.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 3, 2012
Gomez, a first baseman, was acquired by the Red Sox as a six-year minor-league free agent this past offseason. He appeared in two games for Boston earlier this year, going 0-for-2. (Though he did hit .311/.366/.614 in 72 games at Triple-A Pawtucket.)
Sounds like a summary of Boston’s season.