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Daisuke Matsuzaka to start rehab

Updated: April 20, 2012, 1:04 PM ET
By Steven Krasner | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had Tommy John surgery last June, will start a rehab assignment Monday in Salem, the Virginia home of one of the team's Class A farm clubs.

"Dice-K has been feeling pretty good. He's ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation," Red Sox manager Bobby V alentine said. "We'll monitor his pitches. He won't have any 30-pitch innings. He says he feels good."

Valentine said Matsuzaka is ready for a 75-pitch ...

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