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.

Michael Pineda throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

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According to MLB.com associate reporter Jarrid Denney, right-hander Michael Pineda threw off a mound Wednesday morning at Target Field for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Pineda was signed to a two-year, $10 million free agent contract this winter by the Twins, who are probably more focused on what he might be able to do in 2019 rather than 2018.

He had the reconstructive elbow surgery last July 18, so he won’t be an option for the Minnesota rotation until probably late August or September of this year. Still, that deal seems like a nice gamble given the price point and the possibility that he will regain his form as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter. That he’s making steady progress in his rehab makes the situation all the more encouraging.

Pineda, 29, holds a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 687 strikeouts in 680 career major league innings.