Aug 18, 2015

Injured pitchers Matsuzaka, Otonari done for season

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kenji Otonari will be lost for the rest of the season, the club said Tuesday. Matsuzaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and will begin rehabilitation after being discharged. He is expected to need six months ...

May 5, 2015

Matsuzaka tosses bullpen session

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been undergoing rehab for a fatigued right shoulder, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, his first since March 29. Matsuzaka, 34, tossed the bullpen with his catcher standing at the clubhouse facilities. “I have been working ...

Apr 21, 2015

Matsuzaka says condition improving

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been sidelined since the start of the season with fatigue in his right shoulder, played a light game of catch to assess his progress at the team’s clubhouse facility on Tuesday. Matsuzaka, 34, threw about 140 ...

Apr 2, 2015

Matsuzaka sidelined with shoulder ailment

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s comeback season in Japan is in jeopardy due to shoulder issues, an informed source said Thursday. After Matsuzaka discussed the issue with first-year Fukuoka Softbank Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo and others, the team decided to shut the 34-year-old right-hander down indefinitely citing ...

Mar 18, 2015

Matsuzaka diagnosed with influenza

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s road back to stardom in Japan hit a bump on Wednesday, when the former big leaguer was diagnosed with influenza that may push back the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander’s first regular season start. The 34-year-old Matsuzaka, who is making a comeback in ...

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Mar 4, 2015

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Pitching in his first real game in Japan since the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the mound where he made his name on Wednesday. At 34, Matsuzaka is a far cry from the schoolboy who rose to ...

Dice-K could face rocky transition

| Feb 7, 2015

Dice-K could face rocky transition


Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he’s always been. His mechanics weren’t drastically different from the form he utilized last year ...

Oct 31, 2014

Hawks interested in signing Matsuzaka: Goto

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks acting owner Yoshimitsu Goto on Friday expressed interest in acquiring the services of free agent right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. “He is a good player. We will see (about decisions on reinforcements) from now,” said Goto. “I will discuss this with (the staff ...