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 workload. He will be in a five-day rotation and could be making five rehab starts within the 30-day rehab period.

Matsuzaka appeared in only eight games last season.

In another pitching development, left-hander Andrew Miller, who continues to struggle with inconsistency with his location, is off any scheduled plans and will pitch as needed out of manager Arnie Beyeler's Triple-A Pawtucket bullpen.

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