Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s comeback attempt to the majors will have to wait. The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that the 32-year old veteran will not be on the roster for Opening Day. Reliever Matt Capps was also informed that he would not be on the Opening Day roster as well. The Indians organization told reporters on Monday that they don’t feel that either pitcher is ready at this point but they would like to have them remain with the organization.
Matzuzaka, 32, pitched in just 11 games last season as a member of the Boston Red Sox after coming off reconstructive elbow surgery. Dice-K told reporters that he would like to stay with the organization but details needed to be worked out. Capp, who was limited to 30 games last season had no comment as to whether or not he would remain in camp with the Indians.
In related Indians news, closer Chris Perez told reporters that he thinks he is 100% and will be ready for Opening Day. Perez made his second straight All-Star team last season after converting 39 of 43 save opportunities while posting a 3.59 ERA.