Daisuke Matsuzaka Plays Catch for First Time Since Tommy John Surgery in June


October 4, 2011

Starting pitching woes hurt the Red Sox during their historic September collapse. At least for now, the club got some positive news in that department.

Starter Daisuke Matsuzaka played catch on Monday at the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., his first throwing action since undergoing Tommy John surgery on June 10. The righty reportedly made 39 throws, all from short range.

"At first I wasn't sure how I should throw," Dice-K said according to a translation. "The elbow didn't hurt at all, therefore I was relieved and happy."

The 31-year-old made eight appearances and seven starts this season for Boston, going 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA.

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