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When Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner both got hurt and were forced to miss the rest of the season, the Mets all of a sudden had a need for more pitching depth down the stretch. As a result, they signed two veteran pitchers to help patch together the rotation for September.
One of these pitchers was Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had spent six seasons with the Red Sox before signing a minor league contract with the Indians at the start of the 2013 season. Matsuzaka later requested to be released from the Indians, which occurred in August. Just days later, the Mets signed Matsuzaka for the rest of the season.
Matsuzaka went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts with the Mets. He started off very poorly and lost his first three starts before settling in and allowing a combined four runs in his final four starts. All in all, Matsuzaka's stint with the Mets was a mixed bag that showed flashes of the brilliance he once showed with the Red Sox.
Because he was added as additional pitching depth, there most likely will not be a spot for Matsuzaka on the Opening Day rotation if the Mets decide to bring him back.
The Mets have even talked with Matsuzaka about having him return next season, and it looks rather likely that it could happen. What Matsuzaka's actual role will be is probably the more unknown aspect. More than likely, Matsuzaka will start in the minor leagues and get promoted if a pitcher on the Mets gets hurt, or he could even be a long reliever and spot starter on the major league roster.
It's too early to tell what Matsuzaka's role would actually be if he were to re-sign with the Mets.