No BP for Matsuzaka

Stunning news here from Fort Myers. Daisuke Matsuzaka will not throw batting practice at 11:30.

He did throw 19 pitches in the bullpen to Jason Varitek. So that is some progress.

No word yet on when the BP session will be.

UPDATE, 12:06 p.m.: The BP session is now tentatively scheduled for Wednesday according to pitching coach John Farrell. That would be followed by a minor league game before Matsuzaka would face major league hitters. That would be well into next week. Farrell said the bullpen session was “encouraging.”

Matsuzaka emerged and spoke to reporters and said his stiff neck feels better. He thinks it could have been related to sore back he had when camp opened.

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