Matsuzaka pushed back to Sunday
|08.28.09 at 6:58 pm ET|
With the pending tropical storm bearing down on New England and the Eastern seaboard, the Red Sox have pushed back Daisuke Matsuzaka’s rehab start from Saturday to Sunday in Manchester, NH.
“Daisuke will now pitch Sunday in New Hampshire,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “There was some cooperation from their club and our organization. They obviously were going to have a big crowd tomorrow. The forecast is horrible. It was supposed to be a doubleheader and what they’re doing is playing a single game.”
Matsuzaka, who has been with the team in Boston all week, will pitch for Boston’s Double-A affiliate in Portland against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the first game on Sunday at 4 p.m. Red Sox manager Terry Francona made the announcement before Friday’s game, adding that the team is still hopeful to have Matsuzaka back for a Sept. 9 start against Baltimore at Fenway Park.
“When I stated that Daisuke could come back and pitch on the eighth, what we really wanted is for him to pitch on the ninth,” Francona added. “So, that actually works out perfect.”
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