By Sean McAdam
BOSTON -- Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka officially confirmed his plans to undergo Tommy John surgery, but was still unclear as to when the procedure will be performed.
"It's to be decided -- we'll find it out on Monday," Matsuzaka said. "We'll find out everything on Monday. It's actually my first time to get an operation and all I can say is I'm very shocked when it comes to these results."
Although Matsuzaka told Nippon Sports that he was having the surgery more than 10 days ago, he insisted Sunday: "I decided to have the surgery the same day the team officially announced Friday."
Recovery time from Tommy John surgery can be anywhere from a year to 18 months, raising the possibility that he has pitched his last inning in a Red Sox uniform.
"It's difficult to say at this point," Matsuzaka said. "But, you know, what I can do is do my best and come back to the game as soon as I can. All I have right now is anxiety, so all I can do is do what I have to do my best, and come back to the game."
The Red Sox had hoped that Matsuzaka would try rest and rehab rather than undergo surgery immediately, but the pitcher maintained that having the operation was his only option.
"The ligament is torn,'' he said, "and I was told to fix it perfectly, I need to have the surgery. That's why I'm getting the surgery."
If, as seems likely, Matsuzaka's career with the Red Sox is over, he was asked if it was time to put his Red Sox career into perspective.
"I don't think of it that way," he said. "For sure, I hope I come back to the game again with the Red Sox uniform. If I wouldn't come back to the game, I will have to talk about that next time."