Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, during his visit on the Dale & Holley Show, discussed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka's contention that he needs to follow a different training regimen than American pitchers in order to reclaim the success he had while in Japan. Farrell, who suggested that the team is looking to a September return for Matsuzaka, has been included constantly in conversations about the throwing program that has been developed for him.
The pitching coach said that after Matsuzaka first came to the Sox from Japan, no adjustments to his routine were made until the pitcher encountered challenges (such as fatigue in the second half of the 2007 season) that required changes.
"We acknowledged them at the time of signing Daisuke. When he came over, no changes were recommended. No changes were mandated by any means," said Farrell. "Any adjustments that we've encountered have been in response to how he's adapted here."
That, Farrell suggested, qualifies as prudent business practice for a player in whom the team has a substantial amount of money committed and upon whose talents the club relies.
"We've got a $103 million investment in the guy that we have to, we feel, not only protect but put him in position to have success," said Farrell. " We recognize there are differences...This is a two-way situation. We're not mandating items directly to Daisuke. For (differences of opinion) to come out in the way that it has is, in a word, disappointing."
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