BOSTON -- Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, making his way back from Tommy John surgery in June, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Salem on Monday.
Daisuke feels really good, said manager Bobby Valentine. The conversation with him is hes ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation. We will still monitor his pitches. He won't have a 30-pitch inning. He says he feels good.
Matsuzaka threw 57 pitches over four scoreless innings, in his last rehab outing, Tuesday in Fort Myers against an Orioles squad. He is expected to throw about 75 on Monday.
Matsuzaka will work on a regular rotation, and is scheduled to make five starts. The Red Sox have 30 days for his rehab assignment .
Matsuzaka is in the sixth year of his six-year, 52 million contract with the Red Sox. He appeared in just eight games, seven starts, in 2011 posting a record of 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA. He made his last start May 16, going 4 13 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and seven walks with two strikeouts, earning a win against the Orioles. He was placed on the disabled list on May 18, and underwent Tommy John surgery on June 10.