Daisuke Matsuzaka has first post-surgery bullpen session


Kyodo News in Japan has an update on Daisuke Matsuzaka’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Matsuzaka threw a bullpen session yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in June, tossing around 20 pitches at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida.

Afterward he called it “a warmup” and said he expects to “throw harder next week.”

He’ll likely be limited to bullpen sessions and long-tossing for a while, as even an optimistic timetable for Matsuzaka’s recovery wouldn’t have him returning to game action before midseason. And given his 5.03 ERA and terrible walk rates since going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2008 the Red Sox aren’t exactly motivated to rush him back in the final season of a six-year, $52 million contract.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.