The old adage that you can never have enough pitching has been demonstrated yet again. Daisuke Matsuzaka reported to NY today for anMRI on his elbow. It had been observed that Dice-K was in some discomfort during Thursday's game following two innings of relief work, however Terry Collins has stated that he was unaware of any injury at the time.
The potential loss of Dice-K would be an unfortunate development for the flexibility of the Mets' pitching staff. Matsuzaka has pitched reasonably effectively in both starting and relief roles throughout the season, having started nine games and appeared in relief 18 times while maintaining a 3.87 ERA. While Dice-K has struggled with walks—his 5.9 walks-per-nine rate this season is fairly terrible—a solid strikeout rate (8.6 K/9) and a career low home run rate against (.61 HR/9) have allowed him to be a valuable asset to the team, especially considering his versatility.