MLB notes: Daisuke Matsuzaka will start season in minor leagues

Indians starter Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches against the Giants during a spring training game in...

Indians starter Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches against the Giants during a spring training game in Scottsdale, Ariz., March 5, 2013. (RALPH D.FRESO/Reuters)

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Daisuke Matsuzaka, a former 18-game winner with the Boston Red Sox, will start the 2013 season with the Cleveland Indians' triple-A team in Columbus.

The Indians told Matsuzaka on Monday he wouldn't make the opening day roster and the right-hander accepted an assignment to Columbus, earning him a $100,000 bonus, according to MLB.com.

"I think Daisuke shares an interest in staying here," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said on the team's website. "Now we need to work through the logistics with (agent Scott Boras) about the conditions of him staying here and going to triple-A and things like that."

Matsuzaka, who went 18-3 with the Red Sox in 2008 after going 15-12 as a rookie the year before, was a non-roster invitee to Indians training camp. But he hasn't logged enough innings in spring training, in part due to an injury, to earn a spot in the rotation.

The Indians also told pitcher Matt Capps he wouldn't make the team but he hasn't decided if he'll head to the minors.

THUMB DOWN FOR HEADLEY

San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley could be out of action for a month with a small break in is left thumb, according to MLB.com.

Headley jammed his thumb Sunday trying to break up a double play against the Anaheim Angels. He had an X-ray on Sunday then saw a hand specialist Monday, which confirmed the break.

"You hate to see it happen," Padres manager Bud Black said on the team's website. "It's unfortunate for Chase and the Padres."

Headley won National League Silver Slugger and Golden Glove awards and was fourth in NL MVP voting in 2012. He hit a career-high 31 home runs and had an NL-best 115 RBIs in a breakout season at the plate.

Headley missed 39 games in 2011 after breaking a finger sliding into second base.

CANUCK ON DL

Canadian pitcher Scott Diamond, who had surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow in December, will start the season on the disabled list.

But it looks like the Minnesota Twins starter won't be on the DL long.

Diamond, a 26-year-old from Guelph, Ont., pitched in a minor-league game Monday, working two shutout innings while striking out three, He told reporters afterward that he expects to make his season debut April 12.

"Everything felt really good," Diamond said. "I was actually a little nervous at first because it was my first time off the mound. But everything felt smooth. I was able to keep the ball down and get ahead of hitters, which is kind of my game plan."

In 2012, Diamond went 12-9 with a 3.54 earned-run average in his first full big-league season.


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