Daisuke Matsuzaka would not talk to reporters about his neck discomfort Saturday, but he did issue a short statement through a team spokesperson. Here it is, via the Boston Globe:
“I didn’t throw live BP today due to stiffness in my neck. As for my
schedule going forward, I’m going to see how I feel tomorrow, meet with
the coaching staff and decide at that point.”
The 29-year-old right-hander failed to complete a scheduled live batting practice session on Saturday due to neck stiffness and is almost certain to miss the start of the regular season. It’s another disappointing setback for a guy in desperate need of a turn-around performance in 2010. He made just 12 starts last season and finished with an ugly 4-6 record on top of an even uglier 5.76 ERA. It’s not known when he will be ready to compete again, but chances are we won’t see him until late April or even May.