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Daisuke Matsuzaka not close

Updated: May 17, 2012, 1:52 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose minor league rehab assignment for Tommy John surgery expires May 23, isn't close to being ready to be promoted to the major leagues, manager Bobby Valentine said Wednesday.

Matsuzaka is set to make a minor league start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday in Durham, N.C., and another on May 22.

During Boston's last homestand, Matsuzaka spent some time around his teammates at Fenway and spoke at length with ...

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