Baseball: Matsuzaka creates swell on farm

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20:06 28 Aug 2016

FUKUOKA, Aug. 28, Kyodo

Former large leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 3 scoreless innings in a rehab start for a SoftBank Hawks’ third group on Sunday.

The 35-year-old, who returned to Japan final deteriorate after 8 years in a large leagues with a Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, has nonetheless to representation for a Hawks’ initial group due to a array of injuries.

Pitching opposite a Kagawa Olive Guyners of a eccentric Shikoku Island League during a Hawks teenager joining facility, Matsuzaka authorised one hit, while distinguished out 4 batters. His fastest representation was available during 147 kilometers per hour (91 miles per hour).

“I’m blissful we was means to chuck plain innings,” pronounced Matsuzaka, who pitched Thursday for a initial time in 3 months.

The right-hander was means to jam hitters with his fastball and got a large strikeout on a violation ball, though pronounced it could have left better.

“When perplexing to get strikes early in a count, we left pitches up,” pronounced Matsuzaka, who went 56-43 in a majors and is 108-60 in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Hawks pitching manager Shinji Kurano called it a step forward.

“He had improved arm movement than final time, and we saw some-more dynamism,” Kurano said. “I consider this was a best he’s been this year.”

Matsuzaka appears to be on lane for a start for a Hawks Western League bar in a teenager joining diversion opposite a Yomiuri Giants’ plantation Eastern League outfit subsequent Sunday.


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