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Matsuzaka out again

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s batting practice session has been canceled because he came down with a stiff neck while warming up.

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: Details are scant at this point. Matsuzaka was supposed to throw live batting practice on the back field at 11:30. But he felt something warming up and was scratched. He has yet to speak to reporters.

No word yet as to when Matsuzaka will try and pitch again. But given how conservatively the Red Sox treated his sore back, it seems safe to say it won’t be any time soon.

Tim Wakefield was exactly right when camp started. Asked where he would fit into the rotation if everybody was healthy, Wakefield grinned. “What are the chances of that?” he said.

Turns out those chances were pretty slim.

UPDATE, 12:42 p.m.: It was obvious 7-10 days ago that Matsuzaka was not going to be on the Opening Day roster and that the Red Sox were readying him for a start on or around April 18, the first time they would need a No. 5 starter. But with this latest setback, the question becomes whether Matsuzaka can get ready for that game. He needs to get 25 or so innings in and with every day that passes, that becomes less likely.

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