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Friday, July 18, 2014
Matsuzaka to work in bullpen

By Adam Rubin

SAN DIEGO -- Daisuke Matsuzaka will be stationed in the bullpen on Friday night and available to work in relief in the series opener against the Padres.

However, Terry Collins does not plan to use Matsuzaka in relief later this weekend, in order to ensure Matsuzaka would available on Monday to step in at Seattle should Jonathon Niese have an issue and end up unavailable.

Still, the full expectation now is that Niese will return from the disabled list on Monday to face the Mariners. At that point, Matsuzaka's return to the bullpen will be official.

Matsuzaka opened the season as a reliever. He produced a 2.22 ERA in 17 appearances.