Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 3/3/13
This shouldn’t be too surprising to folks keeping up-to-date with all the latest Spring Training news, but it is worth emphasizing again: odds are that free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka won’t make the Indians’ final 25-man roster. Matsuzaka, 32, has battled several injuries in the last few years. He notably had Tommy John surgery in June 2011, which kept him out of MLB action for nearly a year. He also had two offseason backsurgeries in winter 2011, then missed even more time in 2012 with a stiff neck. The Japanese right-hander also wasn’t very good when he pitched last year. In his five September/October outings, he went 0-4 with a 14.36 ERA, allowing 10 walks, 30 hits and 25 runs in just 15.2 IP. He’s off to an OK start out in Arizona with the Tribe, as he has allowed one walk, four hits and two runs in 4.0 IP in his two games. But murmurs lingered that his velocity was plateau-ing in the mid-80s and his stuff still wasn’t right. The latest rumor of his unlikeliness to make the team and earn his $1.5 million deal for doing so comes via Terry Pluto’s usual Sunday notes in the Plain Dealer: “8. It would be a shock if Daisuke Matsuzaka makes the team. His fastball is in the middle 80s and his arm doesn’t seem healed from 2011 elbow reconstruction surgery. He was 1-8 with a 8.28 ERA for Boston last season. Matsuzaka is on a minor-league contract, so he’s paid only if he’s on the opening day roster.” As previously indicated, there still remain several other more serious candidates to break Spring Training as the No. 5 starter for the Tribe. Scott Kazmir and Trevor Bauer are the hot names, while it seems Zach McAllister continues to maintain his leg up for the No. 4 spot. [Related: Spring Training: Matsuzaka, Kazmir, Bauer shine in Indians debuts]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Lakers would fire Byron Scott to hire Luke Walton

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Seahawks’ Frank Clark rips Cam Newton ‘that boy a b—‘

Report: Tom Thibodeau has 'always wanted' Knicks job

Report: Luke Walton will not consider coaching offers until offseason

Budweiser: Peyton Manning not paid for Super Bowl beer plug

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Archie Manning: 'I think Peyton's done in Denver'

Donald Trump: I told Tom Brady not to endorse me for President

Marshawn Lynch: Complicated and talented NFL anti-hero

Hue Jackson lets Manziel and ex know they aren’t alone

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

Tyronn Lue faces backlash for Cavs record since Blatt’s firing

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

Nine best and worst players from 2015 NFL playoffs

Rodman wants Phil Jackson to know he’s ready to coach Knicks

Wade Phillips trolls Cam Newton with dabbing tweet

Top defensive performances in Super Bowl history

FBI questions Jeremy Shockey about drug and gambling ring

Coldplay drummer thought Johnny Football was real name

Ranking every game from 2015 NFL Playoffs

PHOTO: Panthers LB shows gruesome arm injury after SB

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker