Dice-K, Big Papi making progess with injuries

Dice-K, Big Papi making progess with injuries

ARLINGTON -- A day hasn't gone by this season when Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hasn't spent part of his pregame media session giving injury updates.

So how is Daisuke Matsuzaka, who hasn't pitched since July 2 because of a neck injury?

"Daisuke threw long [toss] today," said Valentine. "He has a [bullpen session] on Wednesday. He's feeling better."

If all goes well on Wednesday for Matsuzaka, the Red Sox will map out a rehab program for him.

Reliever Scott Atchison (right forearm tightness) could throw a bullpen session by Wednesday, though Valentine now doubts the righty will be able to pitch in a Minor League game by Friday, which was the original plan.

As for David Ortiz, he stayed back in Boston to rehab his right Achilles strain. Ortiz could join the Red Sox in New York this weekend, though he isn't eligible to be activated until Aug. 1.

Will he be ready by Aug. 1?

"You know, we'll let Mother Nature decide," Valentine said. "He was feeling pretty good and his wife wants him out of the house earlier than he's been leaving, so that's always a positive."