Indians release Diasuke Matsuzaka
The Indians announced on Tuesday morning that Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Diasuke Matsuzaka requested and was granted his release from his minor league contract with the Indians. He is now a free agent.
Matsuzaka, 32, went 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts for Columbus this season. In 103.1 innings he allowed 93 hits, 11 homers, 39 walks and had 95 strikeouts. He missed a little over six weeks from late April to early June because of a strained abdominal muscle, but since returning he was pitching very well. Prior to his final start with Columbus on Monday where he went 4.0 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, he had gone through an eight start stretch where he went 4-3 with a 2.54 ERA (56.2 IP, 16 ER, 49 H, 4 HR, 8 BB, 45 K).
There was some belief that Matsuzaka might be called up to Cleveland soon to fill a rotation need with Corey Kluber on the disabled list, Scott Kazmir wearing down, Danny Salazar nearing his innings limit for the season, and both Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in non-consideration for the rest of the season. Josh Tomlin will make a rehab start for Columbus on Thursday and should go five innings or 75 pitches, and is close to a return. With built in off days along with the possible return of Josh Tomlin in the near future, the Indians appear content with the starters they have.
It is important to note that the Indians simply did not just release him as they would have preferred to keep him around for the duration of the season; however, Matsuzaka requested the release and they granted it. Teams often grant releases to veterans on minor league deals who request them in order to allow them the opportunity to find an opportunity and fit in another organization.
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