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Daisuke Matsuzaka Reportedly Opts For Tommy John Surgery

End the speculation and the "what ifs" because the Boston Red Sox' Daisuke Matsuzaka has apparently opted to have Tommy John surgery, according to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman: 

Dice-k will have tommy john surgery. Dr. Lewis yocum will perform, probably next week.

However, the decision may not yet be official. MLB's Ian Browne says that "whatever decision Dice-K and the Red Sox make will officially come on Friday at the earliest." Matsuzaka was scheduled to meet with Red Sox officials on Thursday to discuss options.

Dice-K, who first felt pain in his elbow during his start on April 29, is 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight starts in 2011. He hasn't pitched since May 16.

Tommy John surgery would not only end Dice-K's 2011 season, but would also force him to miss part of the 2012 campaign. Interestingly enough, 2012 is the final season of Dice-K's six-year, $52 million contract. He is set to make $10 million in both 2011 and 2012.