Boston right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected
to start Saturday against the Washington Nationals, one day short
of a year after he had elbow reconstructive surgery.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told the media of Matsuzaka’s
scheduled start before Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore

“He was in today. Says he feels fine. He’ll be, unless
something changes, we’ll try to activate him, pitch him on
Saturday,” Valentine said. “Obviously, we’ll wait till that date
comes around.”

Matsuzaka had Tommy John surgery last June 10. He made eight
rehab starts and will replace right-hander Daniel Bard, who was
sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Matsuzaka had an 0-2 record and 3.37 ERA in his six rehab starts
for Pawtucket.

Bard, a successful set-up man for Boston the last two seasons,
was converted to a starter in spring training. He went 5-6 with a
5.24 ERA.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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