Dice-K allows three runs in first rehab outing

Dice-K allows three runs in first rehab outing

Dice-K allows three runs in first rehab outing
MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka's first rehab outing in the Minors following Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow lasted four innings on Monday for Class-A Salem in Virginia.

Matsuzaka threw 40 of 57 pitches for strikes, struck out three and walked none against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Royals affiliate. Matsuzaka allowed a pair of home runs, including one to the first batter he faced, Whit Merrifield. Overall, Dice-K allowed three runs on six hits.

In the outfield department, Carl Crawford (left elbow) served as a designated hitter in extended spring game Monday, while Jacoby Ellsbury, who is traveling with the big league team in Minnesota, showed further improvement in the range of motion he's capable of in his subluxed (partially dislocated) right shoulder.