BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five scoreless innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday night. He allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out two and throwing 56 pitches.
Thirty-eight of those pitches were for strikes, and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine gave the full report before Sunday's game against the Rays.
"Daisuke used his fastball most of the time. He had much better command of it," said Valentine. "He felt good, during and after the performance. He didn't hold runners very well, but wasn't concerned with holding runners. Wanted to just get through the throwing part of it, and did OK."
Valentine said that they'll discuss the next step for Matsuzaka today, and that he expects him to be on a basic five-day schedule with Pawtucket.
The good sign, though, is that Matsuzaka's mechanics are "much better" and his velocity is up to 92 mph, which Valentine said is "pretty good."