Sprained elbow sidelines Dice-K for at least a month

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Sprained elbow sidelines Dice-K for at least a month

BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka has been diagnosed with what Red Sox medical director Dr. Tom Gill described as "a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, and strain to his common flexor mass," and he's expected to miss at least a month.

UCL sprains frequently lead to Tommy John elbow surgery, which sidelines pitchers for 12-18 months, but the Red Sox are hopeful they've caught the problem early.

Matsuzaka won't throw until he's re-examined in two weeks. Even if he were cleared to begin throwing again at that time, he would need at least two more weeks to work his way back into pitching shape.

More to come . . .

-- Sean McAdam and Maureen Mullen

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Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.