Results from physical exam 'very encouraging' for Dice-K

BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was examined by the club’s medical director Dr. Thomas Gill and the results were good.

The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to tightness in his forearm while warming up.

“Fortunately, they looked at him and he tested really well,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona after the team’s 5-2 loss to the Phillies on Sunday. “Very encouraging. We have a day off [Monday] and we’ll regroup, but it was very encouraging.”

There’s no structural damage and he has not undergone an MRI at this point.

“Tom thought that wasn’t appropriate right now because he had a real good exam,” explained Francona.

After Monday’s off day, Matsuzaka will try to throw on Tuesday and his situation will be re-evaluated after that.