Daisuke Matsuzaka Won’t Make Next Scheduled Rehab Start Due to Cortisone Injection, Will Likely Start Rehab Again


PHILADELPHIA — Daisuke Matsuzaka isn't on track for a return just yet.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said after Sunday's 5-1 victory that Matsuzaka wouldn't make his scheduled start for Pawtucket because he wound up needing another cortisone injection in his right trapezius, which is a shoulder muscle.

"We'll monitor how that works in the next few days," Valentine said. "You know, I just heard about it [on Saturday]. I talked with him [on Friday] about it and he said he could maybe pitch through it, and they examined him and didn't think it was wise."

The 31-year-old pitcher will still make the trip to Baltimore with the team for the upcoming series against the Orioles. But his rehab time on the disabled list is likely going to start over.

Valentine reiterated that Matsuzaka — who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly one year ago — isn't battling any issues with his surgically repaired elbow.

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