Daisuke Matsuzaka will move to the bullpen for Friday night’s second half opener against the Padres.
Matsuzaka is the odd man out of the rotation now that Jon Niese appears set to come off the disabled on Monday and pitch against the Mariners.
Manager Terry Collins told reporters on Friday that he didn’t plan to use Matsuzaka over the weekend, just in case he needed a spot start for Niese on Monday.
Matsuzaka is 3-3 record with a 3.55 ERA in combination bullpen and starter work. He has nine starts this season.