Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work for the Salem Red Sox of the High-A Carolina League. Matsuzaka allowed a pair of solo homers to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, an affiliate of the Royals. He threw 58 pitches, 41 for strikes. He didn't walk any batters while striking out three (all swinging).
The start commenced a 30-day rehab assignment for Matsuzaka during which he will remain on the disabled list. At the conclusion of that, if Matsuzaka is healthy, then he would not be able to pitch again in minor league games.
The 31-year-old is 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA in five seasons with the Red Sox, and went 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight games for the Sox last year before suffering a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
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