The deed is done.
According to Allan Ryan of ESPN Boston, Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery Friday in L.A.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum and was deemed a success, though just about every surgery is deemed successful one day after.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona provided an update to reporters Saturday on what he heard from Yocum and where Dice-K plans to do most of his rehabbing:
“Dr. Yocum said he was real pleased with how it went,” Francona told the press. “(Matsuzaka’s) got another appointment with Dr. Yocum in 10 days and, after that, we’ll see if he can start doing some things to get started on his journey back. (Dice-K) understands, and probably agrees, that he needs to stay in Boston. It’s not like he can just go home. Keeping track of things is so important.”
The recovery time for Tommy John surgery can vary, but most pitchers need at least a full year and some cases require 15 months. There’s a chance that Dice-K, who will be a free agent after 2012, has thrown his last baseball as a member of the Red Sox. That’s quite unfortunate given his $103.1 million original price tag.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.