BALTIMORE -- Though Daisuke Matsuzaka told reporters following his rehab start on Wednesday that he felt he was ready to rejoin the Red Sox, the club has decided to give him at least one more outing at Triple-A Pawtucket.
For most of Dice-K's start on Wednesday, he was dominant. But the right-hander faltered in the fifth inning, allowing seven straight batters to reach base.
"I'm very encouraged from what I heard. I didn't see it," said manager Bobby Valentine. "[Pawtucket manager] Arnie [Beyeler] and [pitching coach] Rich [Sauveur] thought it was his best command, his best stuff, that he's had in a while. We'll take it to that next step and we'll know what we have."
Look for Matsuzaka, who has been sidelined with a neck injury, to make his next start for Pawtucket on Monday.