The Boston Red Sox have place Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list with a swollen and bloated ERA. There was hope that the swelling on the 5.30 ERA would go down after more starts, but it just wasn’t happening.
“We had our trainers take a look at his ERA and we didn’t initially think he’d need time on the disabled list,” manager Terry Francona said. “But the more we saw it, and the more he tried to pitch through it, we realized that it just wasn’t going to go down. And then you see the inflamed WHIP of 1.47 and we decided that rest was the only way to fix it.”
As of right now, Dice-K shouldn’t need surgery on the WHIP, but team officials are still undecided about the ERA. Many around the organization are convinced that the swelling would go down drastically if he were to spend a significant amount of time in Triple-A Pawtucket, although reports say that they have not had serious internal discussions about that just yet.
Look for Alfredo Aceves to take Dice-K’s spot in the rotation until they can reduce the swelling.