Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will be sidelined early in spring training by a sore back, according to an ESPN report.
However, Matsuzaka should be ready for the start of the regular season.
It isn’t known how Dice-K suffered the injury, but the Boston Herald speculated that it could have happened while he was working out to be ready for the 2010 season. He might have pushed himself extra hard in hopes of avoiding a repeat of last spring.
In 2009, Matsuzaka reported to camp with shoulder and thigh injuries, missed much of the regular season and finished with a 5.76 ERA in 12 starts. He was 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 29 starts in 2008.