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Mets keeping Matsuzaka in starting rotation

Kyodo

New York Mets manager Terry Collins has indicated that he will add right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to the rotation for the immediate future.

Collins revealed Wednesday that the 33-year-old Matsuzaka, who will start against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, has a shot to remain a starter, at least until ace right-hander Dillon Gee returns from a right oblique injury.

Matsuzaka, who was struck with a batted ball in his right hamstring when he notched his third win of the season on Tuesday, said he is ready to pitch, whether in relief or as a starter.

“It doesn’t matter where I pitch, but I have to produce results,” Matsuzaka said. “I take each and every game very seriously and that never changes,” he said.

This season, Matsuzaka is 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA with one save in 19 games, including three starts.