The Red Sox rotation seems to be hitting its stride lately, and more help could be on the way.
According to Bobby Valentine, Daisuke Matsuzaka will be taking the next step in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery as he will make his next start in Triple-A Pawtucket. The Japanese right-hander pitched well in his previous start for Double-A Portland.
His outing for Pawtucket will be the third out of five expected minor league starts for the 31-year-old. If the schedule goes according to plan, Matsuzaka would be able to return to the big leagues as early as May 18th.
Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John Surgery in June of last season after starting the season with a 3-3 record in seven starts with a 4.25 ERA.
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.