The Red Sox today placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list and Terry Francona said it will be for more than two weeks.
Probably a lot longer. Matsuzaka is 1-5 with an 8.23 ERA. He has allowed 59 hits and 18 walks in 35 innings. Boston is saying he has a shoulder injury. Just like the Yankees said Chien-Ming Wang had “weak hips” and the Tigers say Dontrelle Willis has an anxiety disorder.
Basically, the all have a case of pitching lousy. I’m sure the teams can somehow document these supposed injuries, but the manipulation of the disabled list has reached new heights. Every team does it, so nobody much cares.
Baseball should just allow it within the transactions.
BOSTON—Placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (stinks) on the 15-day disabled list. NEW YORK— RHP Chien-Ming Wang (no longer stinks as much) was activated off the 15-day disabled list.
The other issue is the WBC, which is essentially to blame for Matsuzaka and cost the Yankees Damaso Marte. The Yankees remain very much relieved that CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett wanted nothing to do with the WBC.