Matsuzaka injury not believed serious

According to Terry Francona, the Red Sox believe Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his start on Wednesday. He was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons tonight when his elbow became stiff.

Matsuzaka, whose fastball had been 92-93 all game, fell to 85 facing Ichiro Suzuki in the fifth inning.

Jason Varitek said he noticed Matsuzaka was “inside” the ball and the rotation on his pitches had changed. “You could tell something was wrong,” he said.

That’s when Francona and two trainers came to the mound.

“We watched him in between innings and it looked like he was stretching out his arm in between innings, so we were keeping an eye on him. Then he went out and his velocity looked like it dropped pretty significantly so we made the trip to the mound,” Francona said. “He just said it was stiff.


“He didn’t put up a fight. Trying to be, obviously, cautious when somebody says they’re feeling stiffness. Again, when it’s through a translator, it makes a little bit more difficult. But that’s awful hard to leave a guy in the game. I think we think he’s going to be OK for his next start, but we’ll certainly check him out more tomorrow.”

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