BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have placed right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 60-day disabled list amid reports he has decided to have reconstructive elbow surgery that could sideline him for at least 12 months.
The Red Sox said Friday that Matsuzaka has a right elbow sprain. They had placed him on the 15-day disabled list May 18, retroactive to May 17.
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Since the Red Sox signed him before the 2007 season to a six-year, $52 million contract, plus $51.1 million to the Seibu Lions for the right to negotiate with him, Matsuzaka is 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA. His contract expires after next season.
Boston also placed lefty reliever Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left elbow.
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The Sox have called up lefty Tommy Hottovy from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Hill’s place on the roster.