On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the Cleveland Indians announced they had released right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka at his request to allow the Japanese veteran to earn a spot with anther team after failing to secure a position on the Indians’ rotation.
Matsuzaka has spent the entire 2013 season at Triple-A Columbus where he has battled injuries. Since July 2 he has gone 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 54 strikeouts.
Cleveland signed Matsuzaka to a minor league deal back in February in the hope he could compete for a spot on the team’s rotation. Unfortunately there where too many things that went wrong physically for him to even make the 40-man roster. Opportunities to pitch at the big league level for the Indians simply ran out.
''We didn't have an immediate major league opportunity for Daisuke,'' Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti said in the dugout in Anaheim before the Indians' game against the Angels. ''He had been throwing well in Triple-A, and thought that he may have a better opportunity elsewhere, so he asked for his release, and we granted it.''
There is no word if Matsuzaka had a destination in mind when he asked for his release, however he certainly deserves the opportunity to pitch at the major league level if there is an opportunity available elsewhere.
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