Daisuke Matsuzaka spoke Sunday morning for the first time since deciding to have "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow. The Red Sox pitcher - in the fifth year of a six-year contract - said he was stunned when doctor Lewis Yocum told him that surgery was the most realistic way to fully heal his injury.
“The ligament is torn and I was told to fix it perfectly, I need to have the surgery," Matsuzaka said. "That’s why I’m getting the surgery."
Matsuzaka was 3-3 this season with a 5.30 ERA in seven starts and one relief appearance. He signed a six-year, $52 million contract before the 2007 season and has a 49-30 mark with a 4.25 ERA in four-plus seasons in Boston.
“It’s actually my first time to get an operation and all I can say is I'm very shocked when it comes to these results," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “I decided to have the surgery the same day the team officially announced [Friday].”
With full recovery expected to take between 12 and 14 months, Matsuzaka was asked if he felt his Red Sox career was over.
“It's difficult to say at this point," added Matsuzaka. "But, you know, what I can do is do my best and come back to the game as soon as I can. It’s difficult, but what I can do is do my best and come back to the game as soon as I can. All I have right now is anxiety, so all I can do is do what I have to do my best, and come back to the game.”