Epstein: Dice-K has mild back strain

Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein told a group of reporters on Wednesday morning in Fort Myers, Fla. that Daisuke Matsuzaka has what the team believes to be a mild back strain but that it would not prevent the pitcher from having a normal spring training.

Epstein said Matsuzaka suffered the mild strain on Friday and his throwing program would be only slightly delayed. As a precaution, Epstein said, Matsuzaka would not throw again until he receives a physical like the rest of the team's pitchers and catchers on Friday.

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