CLEVELAND -- Coming off Daisuke Matsuzakas third rehab start with Pawtucket on Friday where he pitched 4 23 innings and 89 pitches, the Sox will be looking for seven innings out of the Japanese right-handed in his next Triple-A start. Matsuzaka has put up a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings over three separate rehab stints with the PawSox, and appears to be well on his way to returning from the right upper trapezius strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
I texted Matsuzaka and he feels healthy, said Valentine.
Rich Hill is scheduled to throw an inning of relief rehab work for the Gulf Coast League Sox in Fort Myers on Monday. Hill has been on the DL since suffering a left elbow strain back on June 9.
Adrian Gonzalez leads all Major League players with 35 RBIs since the All-Star break after entering Sunday trailing San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.
Major League Baseball players do all kinds of interesting things on their few off-days on the road during the regular season. Dustin Pedroia finished a quick conversation with the media after Sunday afternoons win by telling all of the media to enjoy their off days. Where was Pedroia going for his off day? Im going to the moon . . . I dont know, said Pedroia as he carried his travel bag out of the visiting clubhouse in Cleveland. The Sox second baseman has earned a day off after hitting .467 during an eight-game hitting streak that has lifted his batting average to .278.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.