Dice-K progressing with rehab


Dice-K progressing with rehab

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka stopped by to visit with Red Sox teammates Friday and be seen by the team's training staff, weeks into his rehabilitation program following Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament.

Matsuzaka will be out until at least the All-Star break in 2012 -- and likely longer.

For now, there's just the drudgery of rehab, most of which is taking place in Fort Myers.

"Usually, I start off at 8:30 in the morning and finish around three in the afternoon,'' he told reporters. "I was doing exercises to regain my range of motion. This week, I started core exercises as well as lower-body exercises."

Matsuzaka said the rehab is, according to his physical therapist, "going really well, as far as my range of motion." Matsuzaka said.

Compared to countryman Junichi Tazawa, who underwent the same procedure 16 months ago, Matsuzaka is a month ahead of schedule.

There was some uncertainty earlier this season about whether Matsuzaka would require Tommy John surgery, but once the procedure was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, there was no question about the necessity.

"One thing the doctors were surprised about,'' Matsuzaka said, "is that, when the doctor opened up my elbow, the ligament was completely torn. The damage was worse than expected."

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Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

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. 


Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

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.