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Matsuzaka: Forearm not a ‘really big problem at all’

06.12.10 at 8:52 pm ET

Despite being placed immediately on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm soreness, Daisuke Matsuzaka said after Saturday’s game that he is not overly concerned about the injury that forced him to be scratched from Saturday’s start against Philadelphia at Fenway Park. Matsuzaka said he did experience this before in his career but can’t remember the last time it bothered him to the point where he had to miss a start.

“I can’t even remember when the last time was so I think that just goes to tell you I don’t think this is a really big problem at all,” Matsuzaka said through interpreter Masa Hoshino.

Matsuzaka, who entered the game with three wins in his last four starts and a 5-2 record, said he did not feel any cramping or tightness while stretching and playing catch prior to heading out to his bullpen session prior to the game. He said he informed pitching coach John Farrell of the issue and the decision was made to shut him down.

“Until I went to the bullpen, I went through my regular routine, but once I got in and started throwing, I felt some sudden tightness in my forearm,” he said. “I think I could have pitched through it, but we talked about it and decided there’€™s no sense in trying to compenstate and making a mechanical adjustment just to get through it, so that was the decision.”

Matsuzaka said he didn’t feel anything unusual in his side session or work leading up to his warmup for Saturday’s scheduled start.

“Nothing out of the ordinary,” he said. “I went through my normal routine, got some massage work done. And went into my start today feeling pretty much the same as usual, so yes it was sudden.”

Matsuzaka said he felt badly that he had to go on the disabled list because it forced the Red Sox bullpen into a difficult situation, starting with emergency starter Scott Atchison.

“Even today we had to go through a lot of pitchers to get through the game, and for that I feel very sorry,” Matsuzaka said.

Matsuzaka said he felt no issues with the elbow and will get a combination of heat, ice and massage work while on the disabled list.

“After coming out of the game, the trainers took a look at me and things didn’€™t seem that bad,” Matsuzaka said. “It’€™s not a joint issue. It’€™s muscle soreness, so I don’€™t think it’€™s going to take that long. We’€™ll take some time, see how I feel tomorrow, and take it from there.”

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