In the team's spring training complex in Florida, Matsuzaka threw his first 11 pitches with the catcher standing in front of home plate and 10 more pitches after the catcher crouched.
"Today is like a warm-up," Matsuzaka said. "I think I'll throw harder next week."
[Matsuzaka] is scheduled to long toss on Wednesday and throw in the bullpen again on Friday ...Over at SoSH, posters are looking at other pitchers' recovery from TJ - Edinson Volquez, Jordan Zimmerman, and Stephen Strasburg being the last three starters to have the surgery before Dice - and attempting to get a rough estimate of when Dice might return to the rotation. Looking at the rehab schedule of those three "yields a potential return date range of between May 23 and June 16".
Perhaps Ben Cherington is in no rush to panic and sign either Roy Oswalt or Edwin Jackson to a deal he'll soon regret because he believes the Red Sox can get through the first two months of the season, filling the #5 spot with a variety of arms, trial and error to see who can help during the dog days, and then welcome a (hopefully) well-tuned Matsuzaka back into the fold in June. Anything close to Dice's combined 2007-08 stats (126 ERA+) would be a godsend