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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Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.