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Dice-K cuts batting practice short with stiff neck

Mar 13, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

matsuzaka sunglasses.JPGIt’s probably safe to say we can take Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the mix to start the season in Boston’s rotation. Dice-K’s live batting practice session on Saturday was scratched due to a stiff neck. He threw just five pitches in the bullpen before shutting it down.

Today was going to be an important step forward for Dice-K, who was tentatively scheduled to appear in his first game action on Wednesday, likely against minor leaguers. That start will almost surely be pushed back now that Matsuzaka needs to return to Boston for some personal matters.

The Red Sox have taken it slow with Matsuzaka since he complained of some back stiffness at the start of camp in February.

Assuming Matsuzaka starts the season on the disabled list, Boston’s rotation will consist of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield.

  1. Nasty Boy - Mar 13, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    This is just the start, too much saki, and donuts in the off season.It couldn’t happen to a better team. I think they could of spent 50 mil a little wiser. “me love you long time yed suks ” LOL

  2. dp - Mar 13, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Their not going anywhere. If their lucky they’ll finish third. NY,TAMPA, ORIOLES, and maybe boston.Good luck scumbags.

  3. chris - Mar 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Wow – if you combine the first two comments into one, you would get one super- racist, misinformed, poorly written, misspelled, and gratuitously (yet kind of unfitting- really they are scumbags?) insulting comment. Bravo, fellow commenters

  4. jackie boy - Mar 13, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Chris , I can tell the first two posters aren’t enamored with the Sox to say the least, but I kind of agree with them.They have never been on my top ten list. They are another team with alot of juicers on them. Big Papi being one (note the down year,new testing rules) They are not alone in this area. I wouldn’t go as far as to call them scumbags though.

  5. jwb - Mar 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    (note the down year,new testing rules)
    Stricter penalties for stimulants. So your position is that David Ortiz was a speed freak going through withdrawals in April and May of 2010? Really? Not impossible, I suppose. MLB has tested for stimulants since 2006, but you already knew that.

  6. Stupid is as stupid posts - Mar 13, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    The level of retardation on these boards is getting eerily close to that of the FoxSports forums. It’s too bad don’t enforce a 3-digit IQ minimum around here.

  7. dp - Mar 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    You and your family would fail.

  8. jackie boy - Mar 14, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Hey dumb ass ,let me enlighten you on a few things, steroids aren’t speed,and the testing is done more frequent now. Don’t respond when your going to put your foot in your mouth. also , get your years right dummy.(withdrawals in April and May of 2010) I think you might be juiced. In case you haven’t noticed we’re not there yet. Maybe a urine test should be given to you.

  9. jwb - Mar 14, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Some reading for you, jackie boy.
    http://bizofbaseball.com/docs/jda08.pdf

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