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Daisuke Matsuzaka makes first minor league rehab start

Apr 23, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

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Daisuke Matsuzaka officially kicked off his minor league rehab assignment tonight with High-A Salem. Sean McAdam of has the details.

Matsuzaka, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, allowed three runs on six hits over four innings while striking out three and walking none. He gave up two runs in the first inning (including a home run to the first batter he faced) and another solo homer in he second. Dice-K was pulled after throwing 40 out of 57 pitches for strikes.

Matsuzaka can spend a maximum of 30 days on his rehab assignment, so he’s on pace to make around five total starts in the minors before returning to the majors at some point next month. The Red Sox appear committed to keeping Daniel Bard in the rotation, but Dice-K could be an alternative if there is a change of plans. Aaron Cook, who is pitching well with Triple-A Pawtucket, is another option if a change is made in the rotation.

Matsuzaka, 31, is owed $10 million this season in the final year of his six-year, $52 million contract.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    They should offer Dice a 25 man roster bonus, for good faith, of 7-8 million when he gets there. It’ll go along way towards the negotiations of a long term extension that ownership will surely pursue. Something like 4 years for 60 million. Hurry Larry, before he gets away (with the chicken and lice).

  2. pisano - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    He pitched four innings and 57 pitches, that only took him three hours and fifty three minutes. This guy makes Josh Beckett look like he’s on speed.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    And bard comes into the game in the 8th for the red schizoids.

    • baseballisboring - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:05 AM

      He skipped a start because of a rainout, and he’s not used to a full work load, so skipping him makes plenty of sense, as does throwing him in for an inning in a close game while he’s rested.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:29 AM

        He was clutch. I know it’s still early but it certainly looks like the Sox are better off with him in the BP.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    hurry back dice k!! the nation misses ya!!

  5. bozosforall - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Rice K will still suck when he gets back to the majors.

    • baseballisboring - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:02 AM

      Wow…not that anyone who’s seen you post doesn’t know you’re an idiot, but now you’re adding racism to the equation…

      • homelanddefense - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        Yeah as if the trolling wasnt bad enough, now racist names? Im amazed at the stuff you get away with on all the NBC SportsTalk sites

      • 18thstreet - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

        Man, why is everyone so sensitive? (See: every post that Craig has written about Chief Wahoo.)

        I’m not racist! Everyone needs to lighten up! PC is out of control when you can’t make jokes any more! Next thing, someone’s going to get offended at “Fighting Irish”!

        (Rolls eyes)

      • bozosforall - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        Fans in h most racist city in America calling out someone for a typo? Clean up your own bigoted backyard first, losers.

      • homelanddefense - May 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        Im not from Boston, I dont even live in Massachusetts. But calling him Rice-K is 100% racist.

        Calling you a troll is 100% accurate. Such a sad little man sitting in Mom’s basement spending all day commenting about Boston sports when you arent even a fan of the team.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    I wish I could be as witty as randy, harry, and bozos.

  7. papalurchdxb - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    I don’t know if that’s an old picture or not, but if it’s current it looks like Dice-K has lost a good few pounds which will hopefully help him out too

    • 18thstreet - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      The best-case scenario, for everyone involved, is for the Red Sox to trade him away for a 8th inning reliever. He’s not that expensive for a 4th starter, and his salary comes free after this year.

      As a Red Sox fan, I’m rather have Felix Dountknowhowtospellhislastnameyet and Bard gaining experience as starters. That’s a long-term plan.

  8. plummer2512 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    No walks? That’s great news. Hopefully he can be effective when he returns the majors in a month. It’ll give the Sox more options if the starters continue to struggle and the bullpen doesn’t clean it up.

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