A day after Tim Wakefield received his third cortisone shot this season and two days after Daisuke Matsuzaka submitted his most impressive rehab start yet, the Red Sox have yet to decide the next step for either starting pitcher.
Wakefield said his “projected start” is sometime during the Red Sox’ upcoming series in Baltimore, which begins a week from tonight. He is still sore from the injection, which generally takes 48 hours to fully take hold, but he felt some of symptoms of his nerve issue subside.
The Red Sox had planned to meet about Matsuzaka’s next step, but pitching coach Jon Farrell had to come to the park late today. “We’ll talk to the pitchers, most likely, tonight and kind of get everybody squared away,” manager Terry Francona said. He was pleased with the reports he got back from Winston-Salem, where he threw 89 pitches over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday night. Matsuzaka threw his fastball consistently at 91 and 92 miles per hour, topping out at 93.
“It sounded like he held his velocity,” Francona said. “Had some depth on the slider later into the game. As he accumulated some pitches, his fastball stayed, which was good. We know it’s Winston-Salem. But pitching good is better than pitching bad.”