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Report: Daisuke Matsuzaka decides on Tommy John surgery

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 1, 2011 10:58 PM

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Here's what Red Sox Terry Francona said earlier today when asked about Daisuke Matsuzaka:

“We got to figure out how the best to go about this. Certainly, the player or the pitcher has to have some opinion, too. But you always, I think, go about it non-operatively first. It just seems like it makes most sense to me.”

Meanwhile, according to Nikkan Sports of Japan, a decision was already reached by Matsuzaka and agent Scott Boras and he will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his elbow. Matsuzaka is expected to inform the Red Sox of that on Thursday, if he hasn't already.

Tommy John surgery requires 12-14 months of recovery time. If Matsuzaka were to have it soon, there is a chance he could return to the Red Sox late in the 2012 season. But there is a decent possibility he will not pitch again in the majors until 2013 — assuming he remains in the United States.

If this is it, Matsuzaka was 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA in 106 games (105 starts) with the Sox and 3-1, 4.79 in seven playoff starts.

After a solid start to his career, Matsuzaka has been an expensive albatross in recent years, making frequent trips to the disabled list and pitching inconsistently when he did take the mound.

The Red Sox have yet to comment on this.

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