CHICAGO -- Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka had an encouraging second start of his Minor League rehab assignment, giving up one run and striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Portland on Saturday.
Matsuzaka walked two and allowed three hits, throwing 74 pitches, 44 of which were for strikes.
The Red Sox expect Matsuzaka will make three more starts in the Minors before re-joining the Red Sox. He underwent Tommy John surgery last June.
His next start will likely be either at home for Double-A Portland or in Toledo for Triple-A Pawtucket.