FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka felt some discomfort in his mid-upper back while throwing on flat ground on Friday. Though the team considers the issue a minor one, it decided to proceed in a conservative fashion, awaiting the arrival of team physician Dr. Thomas Gill, who is scheduled to arrive in Fort Myers to perform physicals on all Red Sox pitchers starting on Friday.
Thought the Sox do not consider the issue one that will prevent Matsuzaka from having what Epstein called a normal spring training with a full workload, the team was mindful of the 2009 season, when preparations for the World Baseball Classic created physical issues that lingered over the course of the entire season. Given that history, the team will wait until the pitcher is more thoroughly evaluated before establishing a throwing schedule.
"We decided not to let him do much until...
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Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka likely will be delayed slightly in his spring training schedule by back stiffness or a strain, possibly the result of his rigorous offseason workout program, according to a source familiar with the situation. The Sox will take the next couple of days to evaluate the pitcher's condition, during which time Matsuzaka is unlikely to throw as the team follows a relatively conservative treatment course in an attempt to treat the discomfort.
Even with a brief delay in his throwing schedule, the pitcher should be able to have a normal spring training and be ready for the start of the regular season. The team will monitor the pitcher's condition to ensure that he is at full health before throwing.
Matsuzaka told Japanese reporters that he is dealing with some mild upper-body soreness, but that it did not prevent him from working out indoors or taking part in his shoulder program activities on...
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