Daisuke Matsuzaka: Rehab going well

Updated: July 15, 2011, 6:51 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is with the club this weekend at Tropicana Field and admitted at the time of his elbow surgery, the doctor found that the right-hander's ulnar collateral ligament was completely torn.

"The damage was worse than expected," Matsuzaka said through his interpreter Kenta Yamada.

Matsuzaka had Tommy John surgery on June 10 in Los Angeles and has been rehabbing at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Because the Sox are playing the Rays, Matsuzaka wanted to meet with team trainer Mike Reinold.

"He just wanted to check in when he's only an hour and a half down the road," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He just wanted to check in with Mike. He looks good and he's got good range of motion. It's nice to see him."

Matsuzaka explained his daily routine, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and finishes at 3 p.m. His rehab includes exercises to regain his range of motion, along with core strength and lower-body exercises.

"It's been going really well, as far as range of motion," Matsuzaka said.

During his time in Fort Myers, Matsuzaka said he's been paying close attention to the team's results.

"When I see the team playing well, I want to hurry to get back to the team," he said. "It's nice to be away from the team and focus on what I have to do with my rehab."

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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