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Dice-K getting close to start throwing program

Dice-K getting close to start throwing program

Dice-K getting close to start throwing program
ST. PETERSBURG -- Daisuke Matsuzaka took a break from the solitude of his rehab in Fort Myers, Fla., to visit with his teammates the past two days.

The right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June, is nearing the point where he can start a throwing program.

"I was told if everything goes well I can start to throw 16 weeks from surgery," Matsuzaka said through interpreter Kenta Yamada.

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It was about 13 weeks ago Matsuzaka had his surgery.

"I'm doing everything now except throwing," Matsuzaka said. "When I come to this point, I can picture myself throwing again. I can start to throw lightly, and I'm very much looking forward to the throwing program."

Matsuzaka will miss at least the first couple of months of 2012, and likely a bit longer.

He is doing what he can do to get through the monotony of rehab.

"When my family comes down to Fort Myers, I play with the kids in the pool, or go to the movies, watch a movie with the kids," Matsuzaka said. "I'm trying to have a moment to refresh from the repetitive rehabilitation."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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