Adam Rubin of ESPN NY wrote that after the other pitchers had completed their bullpen sessions around noon Wednesday at the Mets’ spring camp, Daisuke Matsuzaka continued, eventually throwing 50 pitches in all.
Dice-K shared though an interpreter with Rubin, what he is looking forward to in camp, “My goal for the off-season was to come into camp ready to throw against batters. I was able to achieve that. I think I came in ready to be able to throw against batters at this point.”
Dice-K adds, “Other than that, I worked on a lot on mechanics, just figuring things out, the use of my body. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to spend my off-season where my body was 100 percent. And therefore I was able to spend a lot of time on maintenance, treatment and training. That caused everything to, I guess, move smoother. Everything moved forward and my preparation is a lot better this off-season.”
Matsuzaka continues, “I’m in the process of getting back to the pitcher that I think I can be. I think I’m making steps in the right direction so far. I’m feeling it right now.”
If his off-season regime truly prepared him to be ready for spring and the season, then the 5th rotation spot may be a lock.
When the spring games actually begin, the Mets should have some great ball games with a bunch of pitchers hoping to prove that they deserve a shot to break camp with the team. Going to be an exciting spring to watch.
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