Dice-K Decides to Have Tommy John Surgery

Red Sox place pitchers Matsuzaka, Hill on DL

      BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have placed right-hander
Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 60-day disabled list amid reports he has
decided to have reconstructive elbow surgery that could sideline
him for at least 12 months.
      The Red Sox said Friday that Matsuzaka has a right elbow sprain.
They had placed him on the 15-day disabled list May 18, retroactive
to May 17. Since the Red Sox signed him before the 2007 season to a
six-year, $52 million contract, plus $51.1 million to the Seibu
Lions for the right to negotiate with him, Matsuzaka is 49-30 with
a 4.25 ERA. His contract expires after next season.
      Boston also placed lefty reliever Rich Hill on the 15-day
disabled list with a sprained left elbow and called up lefty Tommy
Hottovy from Triple-A Pawtucket.
      
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