TOKYO – Daisuke Matsuzakka has been dealing with numerous hand injuries during his career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball and in Japan, but not quite so.
Chunichi's dragons say Matsuzaka suffers pain in his right shoulder after an over-tempting admirer pulls out his thrust at an Ocinawa Spring training fan.
As a result of the incident, Matsuzaka was diagnosed with an inflammation in the throwing arm and the Dragons told him not to throw for the moment.
38-year-old Matsuzaka has a history of hand problems.
He returned to Japan from the big leagues in 2015 with SoftBank Hawks, but in the summer there was an operation on his right shoulder. He put only one Hawks in three seasons before leaving a year ago and signed with Chunichi after the trial.
Matsuzaka went 6-4 with a 3.74 ERA over 55 innings last season and was named Player of the Year Nippon Professional Baseball 2018. t
As a teenager, Matsuzakka threw 250 terrains in 17 innings in the quarterfinals of the baseball tournament from the summer high school in 1998 – one day after the game ended in 148 steps.
He underwent Operation Tommy John in 2011 while in Boston Red Sox.