Terry Collins told ESPN Friday that Matsuzaka's role when he returns to the majors will depend on Jacob deGrom's health and Rafael Montero's performance. Matsuzaka pitched three scoreless innings with Class A St. Lucie Monday.
Collins said bringing back Matsuzaka as a starter would partly depend on if deGrom returns from the DL on time. DeGrom is scheduled to throw for the first time on Saturday since going on the DL with rotator cuff tendinitis. The plan is for him to miss one more start, then pitch next Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
If deGrom is not ready, and Montero struggles again Sunday against the Cubs, Collins left the door open for Matsuzaka to return as a starter.