Will Daisuke Matsuzaka Make Cleveland Indians Opening Day Roster?
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka would like nothing more than to clinch a spot on the 25-man roster, but it looks like that might not be in the cards.
The Indians signed the 32-year-old to a Minor League contract hoping that the former starter could be an asset for the organization. However, Cleveland has announced that the right-hander will not be a member of the starting rotation and instead has been offered a spot in Triple-A within the organization.
It is unknown if Matsuzaka will take the Indians up on their offer in hopes of breaking into the big leagues at some point this season or try his luck with another team. However, it has been suggested that Dice-K would like to stay with Cleveland.
It was a long shot for Matsuzaka to make the Opening Day roster outright, but the hope was that a strong Spring Training would prove his worth to the team. Not to mention, former Boston Red Sox manager and current Indians manager Terry Francona wanted to give his former star player a shot.
The good news is Cleveland wants Matsuzaka to stay in the organization in case he catches fire in the minors or injuries force the team to go with a veteran arm in the rotation. The bad news is it is a long and windy road back to the majors.
Matsuzaka exploded onto the Major League Baseball scene back in 2007 in which he posted a 33-15 record in his first two seasons. However, the former Japanese sensation has struggled mightily since then going 17-22 in the last four years. This includes going 1-7 with an 8.28 earned run average and 41 strikeouts in 11 starts in 2012.