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Daisuke Matsuzaka suffers bizarre arm injury at fan event in Japan

Daisuke Matsuzaka suffers bizarre arm injury at fan event in Japan

You didn't think you'd be reading about Daisuke Matsuzaka today, did you?

The former Boston Red Sox pitcher is back in the news for unfortunate reasons: He was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder after an "overzealous fan" yanked his arm during a fan event in Okinawa, Japan, for the Chunichi Dragons of the Nippon Professional Baseball league.

According to the Dragons, Matsuzaka is experiencing pain in his throwing arm after the incident, and the team told him to stop throwing for now.

Matsuzaka, now 38, has been playing in Japan for the past four seasons after his major league career ended in 2014 with the New York Mets and has been with Chunichi since last January.

Red Sox fans will remember Matsuzaka as the Japanese phenom who struggled to make the most of his massive initial contract due to frequent arm trouble. He amassed 33 wins in his first two seasons in Boston and won a World Series with the club in 2007 but couldn't stay on the field after that, averaging just 14 starts per season over his final four years in Boston from 2009 to 2012.

He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and was never the same, joining the Mets for a two-year stint in 2013 and 2014 before heading back to Japan in 2015.

Matsuzaka has played sparingly over the last three seasons but did post a 6-4 record and 3.74 ERA for the Dragons in 2018. It seems the injury bug has bitten the right-hander in a cruel way once again, however. 

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Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the impossible vs. the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez took a trip down memory lane to relive the unforgettable moments in a nostalgia-filled video for FOX Sports. The two legends relive everything from A-Rod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to Curt Schilling's bloody sock.

A-Rod shared the video and wrote about his painful memories from the series on Twitter. Watch and read below:

Credit to Rodriguez for being a good sport (imagine reading that sentence 15 years ago?...)

The Yankees could find themselves ousted from another ALCS on Friday night when they take on the Astros in a do-or-die Game 5. They would have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to advance to the World Series.

The last team to do that? You guessed it. The '04 Red Sox.

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Boston Red Sox release pitcher Steven Wright ahead of MLB free agency

Boston Red Sox release pitcher Steven Wright ahead of MLB free agency

Steven Wright's career with the Boston Red Sox is over.

The right-handed pitcher was released Friday, the team announced.

Wright made his Major League debut with the Red Sox in 2013 and served in a few different roles for the club, primarily as a starting pitcher. The 35-year-old veteran was an American League All-Star in 2016, and he finished that season with a 13-6 record and a 3.33 ERA. 

Injuries prevented Wright from making much of an impact for the remaining three seasons of his Red Sox tenure.

Wright also was suspended 15 games by Major League Baseball in 2018 for violating the domestic violence policy. He tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance and was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball in January. He made just six appearances for Boston in 2019.

This offseason should be a busy one for the Red Sox. They have several veteran players eligible for free agency, and Mookie Betts' future with the franchise also could be decided over the next few months.

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