Matsuzaka, Daisuke 松坂 大輔 (まつざか・だいすけ)
Softbank Hawks | #18 | P
Born: 09/12/1980 (age 37)
Height: 183cm
Weight: 93kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Tokyo
Draft: 1998, 1st Round
History: 横浜高(甲)-西武-レッドソックス-メッツ
Roster Changes: added 10/01/2016, removed 10/02/2016

[4/13/2017] Daisuke Matsuzaka might be having shoulder problems

There was talk that Daisuke Matsuzaka might be called up to take Tsuyoshi Wada’s next start on April 15 against Orix at YafuOku Dome. Those tentative plans were tossed out the window when Matsuzaka complained of problems with his right shoulder. Tadashi Settsu will most likely get the start on April 15.

Matsuzaka showed signs of concern while playing catch at the facilities in Chikugo on April 12. He was seen touching the area near his right shoulder while talking to a team trainer. He canceled a batting practice session later in the day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2017, Daily Sports 4/13/2017, Sponichi 4/13/2017, Sports Hochi 4/13/2017

[UPDATE 4/15 @ 10:25pm]

Matsuzaka rejoined the team today after getting treatment for his right shoulder. He is scheduled to begin workouts at Ni-gun on April 18.

Source: Sanspo 4/15/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2017

[UPDATE 4/21 @ 6:32pm]

Matsuzaka was originally slated to continue workouts at Ni-gun, but will instead join the rehab group. Pitching coach Shinji Kurano told reporters the decision to move him to the rehab group was not because his condition was worse than originally though, or because he needed more time. When telling reporters of the decision, he added that Matsuzaka was not scheduled to pitch any time soon.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2017

[UPDATE 5/21 @ 12:02am]

Matsuzaka played catch at a distance of about forty meters on May 20. He started playing catch again last week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2017


[3/18/2017] Daisuke Matsuzaka leaves start with tightness in right leg

Daisuke Matsuzaka started an exhibition game against Seibu at MetLife Dome earlier today. He developed tightness in his right thigh (adductor muscle) while pitching in the fourth inning. He left the game with the bases loaded and two out. He was hoping to throw about 100 pitches, but left after throwing seventy-one. He later told reporters he first started feeling discomfort in his right leg in the first inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/18/2017, Sports Hochi 3/18/2017Nikkan Sports 3/18/2017, Sponichi 3/18/2017, Tokyo Sports 3/18/2017, Tokyo Sports 3/18/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:49pm]

Matsuzaka participated in pre-game practices at Yokohama Stadium today. He did some running and played some catch. He appeared to be okay.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 11:48pm]

Matsuzaka is currently slated to remain with the Ichi-gun team.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/19/2017

[UPDATE 3/22 @ 12:12am]

Matsuzaka could toss a bullpen session on March 22. His workouts on March 21 included playing catch for about third minutes and running dashes in the outfield.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2017

[UPDATE 3/22 @ 5:44pm]

Matsuzaka threw seventy-five pitches in the bullpen today. He is currently slated to start a game against Hiroshima on March 25. This will most likely be his last chance to win a spot in the opening day starting rotation.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/22/2017


[9/30/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka could make relief appearance in final game of the season

Daisuke Matsuzaka had a meeting with Kimiyasu Kudo at YafuOku Dome on September 30. He is now set to join the Ichi-gun team for workouts on October 1 and could pitch an inning or two in relief during the Rakuten game on October 2.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2016, Sponichi 9/30/2016, Sports Hochi 9/30/2016


[9/16/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka hits another minor setback

Daisuke Matsuzaka might miss the chance to pitch at Ichi-gun this year.

The Ni-gun Softbank Hawks have five more games left on their schedule after today: two games against Chunichi over the weekend (September 17 and 18) and a three-game series against Hanshin (September 23-25) next week.

Matsuzaka was scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on September 17, but only if there were no issues after a bullpen session on September 15. He missed the session on the 15th, so his next appearance will be pushed back at least a day, assuming he was able to toss a session today.

If Matsuzaka misses the two Ni-gun Chunichi games over the weekend, he will not get another chance to pitch until next week. That may not give him enough time to make it back to the active roster before the end of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2016

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 1:35am]

Matsuzaka played catch with a catcher’s mitt on September 16. He also threw twenty-nine pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen (with the catcher’s mitt).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2016


[9/10/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka throws fifty-eight over three innings in Ni-gun start

Daisuke Matsuzaka started a Ni-gun game against Orix at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo on September 10. He was supposed to pitch five inning and throw about eighty pitches, but instead left after three shutout innings and fifty-eight pitches. He struggled with his control and walked/hit seven. He topped out at 143km/h.

Matsuzaka may have tweaked his right leg because he seemed bothered by it in the third innin/g.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2016, Sponichi 9/10/2016

[UPDATE 9/11 @ 12:56am]

Matsuzaka left the game with tightness in his right buttock. He was bothered by the tightness before the start of the game. He may not have to miss his next start, if the tightness goes away within a day or two.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/10/2016

[UPDATE 9/11 @ 4:12pm]

According to Sponichi, Matsuzaka may have hurt (or aggravated) his right buttock when he went to cover first base in the third inning.

Source: Sponichi 9/11/2016

[UPDATE 9/11 @ 8:50pm]

Matsuzaka worked out at the Ni-gun facilities in Chikugo today. He played catch for about ten minutes to check on his right leg. A trainer told reporters that their was still some tightness in the buttock. Whether he makes his next outing on September 17 (Ni-gun Chunichi at Nagoya Stadium) will depend on how he is feeling over the next couple of days.

Source: Daily Sports 9/11/2016


[9/3/2016] Rick van den Hurk, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch in Ni-gun game

Rick van den Hurk and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Beppu Municipal Baseball Stadium on September 3.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2016Tokyo Sports 9/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2016Sponichi 9/3/2016


[8/28/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka throws forty-one pitches in San-gun start

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a San-gun game against the Kagawa Olive Guyners at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo earlier today. He started the game and tossed three shutout innings. He threw forty-one pitches, allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out four. He also topped out at 147km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2016


[8/25/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka tosses an inning in Ni-gun rehab game

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo on August 25. It was his first game since May 14.

Matsuzaka entered the game in the sixth inning and retired the side in order (Shohei Habu F8, Tatsuki Kuwahara G5, Yuta Shirahama F8). He threw eleven pitches and topped out at 144km/h. After his outing, he headed to the bullpen and threw about twenty extra pitches (all fastballs).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/25/2016, Tokyo Sports 8/25/2016, ZakZak 8/25/2016, Sponichi 8/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2016


[8/23/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka could pitch an inning on August 24

Daisuke Matsuzaka could pitch an inning during a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo on August 25. A final decision will be made on August 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016


[8/16/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka making progress

Daisuke Matsuzaka did some long distance throwing (about eighty meters) and tossed a bullpen session to a standing catcher on August 15. He could pitch in a scrimmage or throw batting practice at Ni-gun on August 20. Assuming no setbacks, he could be ready to pitch in a Ni-gun game on either August 25 or 26.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2016, Tokyo Sports 8/16/2016