Matsuzaka back on DL with strained right trapezius muscle

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Matsuzaka back on DL with strained right trapezius muscle

BALTIMORE -- Daisuke Matsuzaka has been placed back on the disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, after experiencing a strained right trapezius muscle.

Matsuzaka must spend a minimum of seven days on the DL before resuming another rehab assignment in the minors.

The Red Sox scratched him from a scheduled rehab start Tuesday night and gave him an injection to help the muscle over the weekend in Philadelphia.

"The same area flared up maybe three weeks ago," said Matsuzaka through an interpreter. "It was the same symptoms. It restricts my movement when I throw. At this point, that's why I got the shot and hopefully, it gets better from here.

"My rehab so far (from Tommy John surgery) has been going really well. It's a setback and it is a little bit disappointing. But I'm hoping the shot takes care of it and we can just continue my rehab from there."

Matsuzaka said he already feels the effect of the shot and is hopeful of throwing a bullpen later this week.

"We expect this issue will be resolved,'' said GM Ben Cherington, "because it's been resolved in the past. When that happens, we'll get him ramped back up and (sent out on another rehab).''

But Matsuzaka emphasized that he doesn't want to rush his return and compromise his health.

"I don't want to, and I don't think I can, pitch until I'm 100 percent physically and mentally,'' he said. "That's the type of patience I need to continue working with until I make a comeback."

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.