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.READ MORE: You can now order a 3rd round of free at-home COVID tests from the post office
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.READ MORE: Marcus Smart questionable for Celtics-Heat Game 1 with foot injury
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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.