Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka

Christian Petersen

The Indians have granted Daisuke Matsuzaka his unconditional release after he requested it, the team announced on Twitter.

Cleveland released Matsuzaka earlier this year near the end of Spring Training, but worked out a minor league deal with the Japanese righty.

The 32-year-old has spent the entire season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, posting a 3.92 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 101.1 innings pitched. Over his last ten starts, he has a 3.56 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 14 walks over 65.2 innings pitched.

This has been Matsuzaka's first season with a team other than the Red Sox, after pitching in only 83 innings last year. Due to his recent success and the fact that he asked for his release, Matsuzaka may get a chance on a major league roster once rosters expand in September.

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