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Mets sign Daisuke Matsuzaka to Major League deal

08/22/2013 3:00 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Daisuke Matsuzaka made 19 starts for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate in Columbus.(AP)
Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets, with CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reporting that Dice-K will immediately join the Major League squad.

Matsuzaka, 32, was released by Cleveland on Tuesday after going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 95/39 K/BB ratio in 19 starts (103.1 innings) at Triple-A Columbus. He last pitched in the Majors since 2012, when he was 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts with the Red Sox after returning from Tommy John surgery.

For the Mets, the move bolsters a rotation has been besieged by injuries all season – the latest two felling Jenrry Mejia for the rest of the season and Jeremy Hefner for the remainder of 2013 and possibly all of 2014 – and sees both Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler rapidly approaching their rumored innings limits.

Matsuzaka’s last start for the Clippers came on Monday, so he could potentially be on the mound for the Mets as early as Saturday, when Harvey is scheduled to start against Detroit.

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