In a move that surprises almost no one, the Red Sox placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list today, and Terry Francona said that he might be out much longer than 15 days, perhaps months, according to Extra Bases.
And he pointed to the World Baseball Classic as part of Dice-K's problems:
"I know the MLB wants to have players play it if they're able, but, right now, we're down a pitcher," said Francona. "The fact is, we had a guy who won 36 games in two years and now we don't have him. That's hard."
I said it before and I'll say it again. Play the WBC in November, not March. And now it's cost the Sox a valuable pitcher.
The Red Sox recalled catcher Dusty Brown to take his spot, and he'll be with the team until John Smoltz makes his debut on Thursday.