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Dice-K won't make next rehab start Tuesday

Dice-K won't make next rehab start Tuesday

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Dice-K won't make next rehab start Tuesday
PHILADELPHIA -- Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka received a cortisone shot in his right trap muscle on Sunday and will not pitch on Tuesday for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tuesday would have been the last day that Matsuzaka, working back from Tommy John surgery, could have made a rehab start in the Minors. Pitchers are afforded 30 days of Minor League rehab time. But the shot, as a new development, should allow the Sox to reset that clock. Matsuzaka last pitched Thursday with Pawtucket, where he's given up nine runs in a combined 12 innings over his last two starts.

"Daisuke's not going to make his start on the 22nd," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He got another injection today in the right trap that's been nagging him for quite a while, and we got to make sure that's 100 percent before he's going out there again."

"He's going to, he'll be with us," Valentine said of the Minor League rehab clock, "and we'll monitor how that works in the next few days. You know, I just heard about it today. I talked with him {Saturday] about it, and he said he could maybe pitch through it and they examined him and didn't think it was wise."

A bothersome trapezius muscle, which affects the neck and shoulder, isn't in itself new for Matsuzaka. Valentine described the issue as chronic on Saturday, and had talked about it in early May as well.

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