Daisuke Matsuzaka spent nearly three months on the disabled list for the Boston Red Sox with shoulder troubles, and blamed his troublesome injury on the team’s training methods.
Despite his discontent with their regimen, he slowly, but surely, worked his way back by developing more strength in his right shoulder, and getting into better overall shape. He made many rehab starts and pitched effectively in each. But, entering his return to the Red Sox rotation, Boston had no idea which Matsuzaka would show up.
Would it be the Matsuzaka who was 33-15 with a 3.72 ERA in his first two seasons, and had allowed a league-best 6.9 hits per nine innings last year, or the Matsuzaka who, prior to his injury, was 1-5 with a 8.23 ERA, and had allowed opponents to hit .378 and compile 1 ...
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