[2/18/2017] Daisuke Matsuzaka scratched from intra-squad game on February 19

The Softbank Hawks scratched Daisuke Matsuzaka from an intra-squad appearance on February 19 because they are concerned about his fatigue levels. He might not pitch in a game until some time after February 22. He is still slated to join Group A camp on February 21.

Source: Sponichi 2/18/2017Nikkan Sports 2/18/2017

[UPDATE 2/23 @ 12:09am]

The Hawks decided to delay Matsuzaka’s first outing again after they evaluated his progress on February 22. He has not tossed a bullpen session since he pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on February 14.

Matsuzaka played catch at a distance of about 100 meters on February 22. He is slated to toss a bullpen session on February 23. Depending on how he is feeling, he could make his first appearance during a Ni-gun practice game against Yomiuri on February 25.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/22/2017

[UPDATE 2/24 @ 11:33pm]

Matsuzaka is slated to start and pitch two innings in a Ni-gun practice game against Yomiuri on February 25.

Source: Sponichi 2/24/2017

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