This is the sixth time Matsuzaka has been on the disabled list:
2008Terry Francona said Dice is currently in Japan and shot down a surgery rumour:
May 28 - June 21: Mild right rotator cuff strain
April 15 - May 22: Mild right shoulder strain
June 21 - September 15: Mild right shoulder strain
(Injured hip joint before the season while training for the WBC; kept injury a secret all season)
April 4-30: Neck strain
June 8-23: Right forearm strain
(Also: missed August 27 start, sore back)
He had permission from us to go back home. It is a personal matter. He is not going to have surgery [while he's there]. We made that decision for him to go home awhile back.Yocum has seen Matsuzaka's recent MRI, but has not personally examined him. The Red Sox believe that rest and rehab will enable Matsuzaka to return and pitch in the second half. However, if it's later determined that Dice needs Tommy John surgery, it could mean the end of his Red Sox career, since his contract ends after next season.
Bobby Jenks (strained right biceps) threw a 25-pitch side session on Monday and reported that "everything's looking good". He'll have another session on Wednesday and could rejoin the team in Detroit this weekend. There is a the possibility of a rehab outing or two, but Jenks doesn't think that will be necessary. "I need to get back out there. I've been going crazy in the dugout."
John Lackey (right elbow strain) will throw his first side session today. ... Marco Scutaro (left oblique strain) worked out on the field yesterday, but has not received permission to swing a bat.