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Daisuke Matsuzaka scheduled for just two more rehab starts

May 13, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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According to, the Red Sox now have a timetable for Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s return:

The right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2011, is scheduled to start for the PawSox on May 17 and May 22 before his rehab assignment expires on May 23.

If all goes well in those final two Triple-A outings, Matsuzaka should be cleared to join Boston’s starting rotation during the final week of May.

The 31-year-old registered an ugly 5.30 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 37 1/3 innings last season for the Red Sox before going under the knife in early-June. He owns a 4.25 career ERA in over 622 major league frames.

  1. mungman69 - May 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    No comment

  2. aceshigh11 - May 13, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    It’s a testament to how bad things have been going for Red Sox pitching that I (and quite a few other Sox fans) are cautiously looking forward to Matsuzaka’s return.

    • baseballisboring - May 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM


    • rollinghighwayblues - May 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      Aces- I’ve been saying that in my mind for the the last two weeks but was too scared to say it out loud.

  3. pisano - May 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    And so is the rest of the AL, I’m sure teams out there that can’t wait for the human slow motion machine.

  4. jrocknstuff - May 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    So he takes Doubront’s spot?

    • aceshigh11 - May 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      I seriously, SERIOUSLY hope not. Doubront has been a pleasant surprise…in fact, probably the most stable pitcher in the Sox rotation so far this year.

      Bard has also been very solid. If there’s one pitcher who Dice-K should replace, it’s probably Buchholz.

      • rollinghighwayblues - May 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM

        BUT! Clay is 4-1! He knows how to win, by God. 8.31 ERA be damned. Ha!

  5. allbucdup - May 14, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Bard got an ugly win yesterday (thank you offense), but I truly feel the best thing for this team is to have him come out of the pen..for right now. Next season is next season, but our Pen is our biggest problem and him being back there will tie it down quickly.

    IMO Felix has earned that spot. He is easily the most consistent in the rotation this far.

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