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02/17/2010 - 10:12am
Epstein: Daisuke delayed slightly

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...

02/17/2010 - 9:59am
Mashup: Dogged protests at NY show

A Scottish terrier was named Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club championship in New York, but the event was interrupted during the final judging by two PETA protesters trying to publicize the plight of the nation's less-fortunate dogs. For more on that story, plus links to the day's top news, videos, trivia and more, check out Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


02/17/2010 - 3:15am
Lowell on future: 'Only time will tell'

Speaking publicly for the first time since the Red Sox signed third baseman Adrian Beltre, Mike Lowell explained that he wasn't surprised by the acquisition and was prepared for the scenario that the 35-year-old currently faces heading into his fifth spring training with the Sox. "If it wasn’t Beltre, it was going to be somebody else. That was going to happen no matter what. That was just a timing thing. It might have been the next day [after the Texas trade fell apart]. It might have been a month. But it was going to happen. I was ready and basically prepared for that."

 

Lowell goes on to explain that his surgically-repaired right thumb isn't healed to the point where he can begin hitting, although he has started throwing. He offers an update on the right hip that has hindered him the past...

02/17/2010 - 2:53am
Celtics survive Sacramento

The Celtics opened up their West Coast swing with a 95-92 win over the Sacramento Kings Tuesday night. Paul Pierce made a key 3-pointer, and he and Rasheed Wallace each had 17 points in the victory. Read more on Green Street.


02/17/2010 - 12:50am
Matsuzaka has back soreness

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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