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Matsuzaka has signed a contract with the Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League, the Associated Press reports.
Matsuzaka has apparently decided to pitch in Japan next season with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks expressing interest in signing him, the Japan Times reports.
Matsuzaka (elbow) tossed three scoreless innings, scattering one hit and three walks with one strikeout, in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.
Matsuzaka received a cortisone shot Tuesday to treat his elbow inflammation, ESPN New York reports.
Matsuzaka (elbow), who was just activated off the disabled list Thursday, will remain in New York to see the team's doctors, ESPNNewYork.com reports.
The Mets appear prepared to wait until rosters expand to activate Matsuzaka (elbow), ESPNNewYork.com reports.
Matsuzaka (elbow) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out seven in five shutout innings during a rehab start for Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League on Thursday.
Matsuzaka (elbow) will make another rehab start this week, probably for short-season Brooklyn on Thursday.
Matszuaka (elbow) allowed one run on three hits while striking out three over six innings to pick up the win in his second rehab start; this one for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday.
Matsuzaka (elbow) will make his second rehab start Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader for Double-A Binghamton, ESPN New York reports.
Matsuzaka (elbow) threw three scoreless innings during his first rehab appearance at High-A St. Lucie on Monday, ESPN reports. "It's been a while since I've pitched in a game, so my focus was on how I prepared and how I went in to the game," Matsuzaka said. "I was able to do that pretty well. Everything went smoothly. I'd give it a 10."
Matsuzaka (elbow) will pitch in a rehab assignment Monday, but will require one or two more starts before rejoining the team, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.
Matsuzaka (elbow) threw 38 pitches during his bullpen session Saturday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Matsuzaka (elbow) will likely need to complete a minor league rehab assignment before being activated, MLB.com reports.
Matsuzaka (elbow) may be ready to return when he's first eligible to do so August 9, the Mets' official site reports.