When the New York Mets made the decision to bring back Daisuke Matsuzaka this off-season, they likely had him pegged as a fringe rotation candidate and a guy who can provide some depth.
Matsuzaka lost out on the 5th spot in the rotation despite a surge to end Spring Training. That said, he might be back up with the big league rotation sooner than he thinks. From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
Still, there are multiple scenarios in which Matsuzaka never throws a pitch for Triple-A Las Vegas. Mejia is due to visit a doctor Sunday after being struck in the right forearm with a line drive Friday. X-rays in Montreal were negative. If Mejia cannot pitch Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, or if Jonathon Niese cannot come off the disabled list two days later for a homestand-concluding start, Matsuzaka would step in.”
From central figure on the Boston Red Sox to a fringe rotation guy for the lowly New York Mets. The fall from grace has been staggering indeed, but it sounds like Matsuzaka will continue pitching at the big league level this season, even if it wasn’t on exactly the terms he had envisioned from the outset of Spring Training.