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  1. I strongly disagree with idea that the Red Sox mishandled him. To an extend an argument can be made that they should have used him less but they can be said about any pitcher that gets injured. A workload increase of approximately 30% for a pitcher his age is a relatively standard. If he was drafted like a domestic college pitcher leaving after his junior year, he would have been treated the same. To make clear Tawaza (23) is two full years old then the average college junior last year. He would should have and was treated the same way as everyone else. For example: Kyle Weiland he reliever/started in college, his innings the two previous years 90.1 (Lowell/Notre Dame) and 132.2 (Salem). Pitching is general is violent on the human body and to minimize stress on Tazawa’s arm they introduced the wind up. This injury is more of result of his pitching in Japan from the stretch and abusive number of pitches allowed to be thrown. The Red Sox handled him with care but ultimately his previous years in Japan undermined there goals.

    Comment by gray — May 13, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  2. The article is more saying that the Sox were aggressive with him in terms of time to the majors than with his workload.

    Comment by Steve — May 13, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

  3. I would say they were quick to bring him up to the majors after only two Triple-A starts. The Red Sox definitely have better suited pitchers at Triple-A to call upon instead of Tazawa (Bowden, Buchholz, or another Triple-A vet). Either way, he didn’t increase in innings a tremendous amount. Verducci might disagree, but he was right where he should have been. The Verducci-Effect doesn’t necessarily have a great track record to begin with, however, the Red Sox have developed a poor pattern of utilizing their top prospects to begin with (think Masterson, Bowden, Tazawa, Buchholz, etc.). Nevertheless, it’s a shame that we’ll have to wait another year and a half to see Tazawa pitch again.

    Comment by Stephen — May 13, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  4. I assume the reason they even chanced an MLB call-up on him last year was the complete mockery of a bullpen they were using at the time.

    Comment by Joltin' Joe — May 13, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

  5. 103 innings of industrial league ball is more like 60 ip in majors/high minors.

    Comment by ledavidisrael — May 13, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

  6. Not excusing things, but it was a terrible year for the back of the rotation in Boston. Matsuzaka, Smoltz, Penny, Bowden, Tazawa…. It was bad.

    Comment by Obligatory Sox Fan — May 13, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

  7. He was up last year because the Sox didn’t have a choice. Injuries decimated that rotation.

    Comment by khgiddon — May 13, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

  8. “didn’t allow any runs, but was nicked for 7 hits in 2 innings”

    ??? Did he give up 7 infield singles? I’m guessing there is not a lot of power on display in the Japan’s Industrial Leagues. Even with double plays and his 6 outs spanning over 3 different inning it’s gotta be tough to give up seven hits and no runs. Actually kind of sounds like the offense the Mariners are putting out each day, just with more hits.

    Comment by TerryMc — May 13, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  9. Road trip from hell, got their butts handed to them by Tampa and NYY, every game either went extras or their starter got lit up, Buchholz had been in the rotation for a while already, and Bowden had just pitched for the PawSox the night before. They had to serially DFA Smoltz and several AAA vets just to have anyone available to pitch out of the pen. Tazawa was just about the only one who wasn’t terrible.

    Comment by Judy — May 14, 2010 @ 12:49 am

  10. Increasing his inning count 30% while at the same time changing his mechanics (stretch to wind up) does not seem wise in hindsight. When pitchers pitch from the wind up they have a tendency to overthrow more than in pitching from the stretch, this can cause added stress. Studies have shown there is no significant difference in stress between wind up and stretch all things being equal, but that was with pitchers who regularly pitche out of a wind up and stretch depending on situation.

    Tazawa was a newbie to pitching out of the windup and should have been brought along more slowly as a result. Coupled with the abuse in the Industrial league and increased work load it all adds up.

    The good news, if there is any, is that TJ surgery can add a couple of miles to your fastball.

    Comment by pft — May 14, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

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