Tito: Dice-K 'didn't seem completely right'

May, 17, 2011
BOSTON -- The results on the mound certainly weren’t good Monday night for inconsistent right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.

But the postgame comments from manager Terry Francona sounded a little ominous, seemingly indicating there might something physical plaguing the pitcher, who lasted only 4 1/3 innings and was charged with five earned runs in a messy seven-walk, five-hit, 106-pitch struggle against the Orioles.

“I didn’t think he was letting [his pitches] go,” Francona said. “We’ll sit and talk. He didn’t seem completely right -- his arm speed, getting extended [in making pitches].”

Matsuzaka’s night got off to a painful start. Brian Roberts laced his first pitch right back to the mound, hitting the pitcher in his right side, above the belt.

Asked if that was the reason for Matsuzaka's struggles, Francona said, “I’m sure that didn’t feel good, but I don’t think so."

On April 29, Matsuzaka had to come out of a start after only four-plus innings against Seattle because of tightness in his right elbow.

While the offense took Matsuzaka off the hook Monday night, his ERA jumped to 5.30.



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