Some Red Sox fans were probably counting the days until Matsuzaka ended up on the disabled list. It finally happened on May 18 thanks to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that will sideline him for at least a month.
Matsuzaka doesn't have many fans left in Boston after the way he's pitched the past three seasons. This year he's made seven starts and, outside of back-to-back scoreless outings in late April, he was awful. He only made it past the fifth inning three times and is currently sitting with a 5.30 ERA.
There were some rumors that Matsuzaka would need Tommy John surgery, a procedure that would end his 2011 season and likely sideline him for all of 2012 as well. Those rumors have been dispelled by Terry Francona, but there's still no specific timetable for the right-hander's return.
The Red Sox don't have a wealth of starting pitching, especially with John Lackey also on the DL, so the loss of Matsuzaka is nothing to celebrate. The Red Sox have been doing pretty well (incredibly well, actually), and Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves have managed to fill in admirably in the rotation, but neither pitcher seems capable of starting the rest of the season. If Matsuzaka doesn't return then Boston GM Theo Epstein will have to explore a move for another starter.