Dice-K didn't tell anyone about thigh injury

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Daisuke Matsuzaka told a Japanese publication
that he hurt his inner thigh before Spring Training in the early part
of 2009, but didn’t disclose the injury to anyone. Take a look at the
(loosely)
translated version of the story here,
but it’s pretty clear something was off with Dice-K upon joining the
Red Sox after his brilliant performance for Japan in the World Baseball
Classic.




Matsuzaka was 4-6 with a 5.76 ERA
and 1.87 WHIP in 12 starts with the Red Sox in ’09. He was 3-1 with a
2.22 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in four starts after missing three months with a
right shoulder injury.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.