The 31 year-old, Matsuzaka, was placed on the disabled list on May 18th, 2011 and underwent successful Tommy John surgery on June 10th, 2011 to reconstruct a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm. He made his first rehab start with Single-A Salem on Monday, April 23rd where he allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work.
In six seasons with the Boston Red Sox he has notched a 49-30 career record with a 4.25 ERA. His best season came in 2008 when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA. Prior to joining the Red Sox he had an eight year career with the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball where he was 108-60 with a 2.95 ERA. He was the MVP of the World Baseball Classic in both 2006 and 2009.
Although this will be Matsuzaka's first time at Hadlock Field, it will not be his first time in a Sea Dogs uniform. Matsuzaka previously made a rehab appearance with the Sea Dogs on August 30, 2009 when the Sea Dogs were on the road in Manchester, New Hampshire taking on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Sea Dogs' tickets can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or order online at www.seadogs.com.
Ticket prices range between $4.00 and $9.00. The 2012 season is the Sea Dogs' 19th season in Portland and the tenth as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.