The Cleveland Indians have granted the release of Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka according to multiple reports.
The 32-year old spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus, going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in (19 starts) for the Clippers. The Indians had signed Matsuzaka to a minor league deal in February, but the veteran did not make the 40-man roster and was released before re-signing with Cleveland with what was reported to be an ‘out’ clause. Matsuzaka reportedly asked the team for a release which was subsequently authorized.
Matsuzaka has been slowed by elbow issues over the last few season, undergoing Tommy John surgery two years ago. He signed with the Indians due to an existing relationship with manager Terry Francona, but failed to crack the rotation due to the emergence of Corey Kluber as well as the success of fellow offseason addition Scott Kazmir.
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