OAKLAND, CA - JULY 02: Daisuke Matsuzaka #18 of the Boston Red Sox adjusts his hat after giving up a home run to Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on July 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Daisuke's return to the DL comes just five games after he came off it from his 2011 Tommy John Surgery. While he'd seemed to be coming around with a strong start against the Blue Jays, his disaster night against Oakland yesterday showed that something was clearly not right.
Whether that was this injury or just the fact that he's Daisuke? Not so clear.
With Daisuke gone, the Sox are back down to a five-man rotation, with Jon Lester starting tonight, Franklin Morales tomorrow, Aaron Cook on Friday, and Josh Beckett and Felix Doubront on Saturday for the double-header against the Yankees. Unfortunately, this forces the Sox into giving Doubront another start before the All-Star break if they're not interested in finding another replacement. Given his recent struggles, a week off around the break could have been beneficial.
Mauro Gomez will make his return to the Sox after picking up all of two at-bats earlier in the season. He's been raking in Pawtucket so far, putting up a line of .311/.366/.614 with 19 homers in 280 at bats. He's a first baseman, so not much help defensively, but can provide the possibility of a big right-handed bat off the bench.