NEW YORK -- Daisuke Matsuzaka felt nauseous before Sunday’s scheduled start, but tried to battle through the appearance. He could only muster one inning.
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Matsuzaka was pulled with a severe stomach ailment, prompting Carlos Torres (four innings), Vic Black (two innings) and Jenrry Mejia (two innings) to do the heavy lifting in an eventual 3-1 Mets win against the Padres at Citi Field.
“I came to the ballpark this morning and had breakfast and then started to feel some pain in my stomach,” Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “I just vomited everything out. I knew I wasn’t physically fit to fulfill the starter’s role, but I wanted to do as much as I could. That ended up being only one inning, causing our bullpen to go out longer than they really wanted to.”
Said Mets manager Terry Collins: “He told the trainers after he got sick he thought he could pitch, and then got sick in the bullpen again warming up. The first pitch of the game was 84 mph. I knew that wasn’t going to work. So I just went out to ask him if he could finish the inning. He said, ‘I have no strength, but I can finish the inning.’”
Collins added that he gave no consideration to inserting another starting pitcher, especially a rookie such as Jacob deGrom, who would have been rushed into a game on three days’ rest. The manager also was without Dana Eveland and Gonzalez Germen because they logged two innings apiece Saturday.
“We were pretty much, to say it politely, up the river without a paddle,” Collins said.
Matsuzaka was unsure why he became suddenly ill.
“I ate everything that all the other guys ate here,” he said.