Former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions. The 40-year old returned to the old nest last season, the first time since he was posted back in 2006.
Last season, Dice-K, how the former Red Sox ace was called by Red Sox nation, didn’t play an official game last season. He was hit by the injury bug. He got a conditioning injection in his right knee in late March and underwent “spine endoscopic cervical spine surgery” in July due to cervical pain and numbness in his right hand .
After joining the Red Sox in 2007, Matsuzaka was quite dominant in the first two seasons of his MLB career. After that, things went downward and he became a journey man. He signed with the New York Mets in 2013 but had several stints in the Mets’ minor leagues.
After he returned to Japan and joined the Softbank Hawks in 2015, he only managed to record one winning season in 2018 (6-4 with the Chunichi Dragons). He played with the Dragons for two seasons before joining the Seibu Lions after fourteen years.
Matsuzaka, who is living in the US, is recovering from surgery and making adjustments to his motion. The 2021 season will be his twenty-third in professional baseball.