BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa was roughed up in his return to baseball Monday night, surrendering six runs in just two-thirds of an inning for the Portland Sea Dogs.
Tazawa was activated off the 60-Day disabled list on Monday after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2010. He missed the entire 2010 season while recovering.
The New Britain Rock Cats got to Tazawa for six runs off just three hits, benefiting from a pair of walks, a wild pitch, hit batsman and an error on a pick-off. Tazawa was chased after facing just 10 batters. 21 of his 37 pitches were thrown for strikes.
The Rock Cats beat the Sea Dogs 15-5.
The 25-year-old Tazawa was signed as an international free-agent December of 2008, making his Major League debut in 2009. He combined to go 9-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 starts between Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, and was 2-3 with a 7.46 ERA in the Majors that season.