Dice-K will throw bullpen on Friday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka played long toss at 200 feet today and because it went well will throw his first bullpen session of the spring Friday.

The Red Sox are confident they have progressed properly in regards to Matsuzaka since he began spring training with tightness in his back.

“He’s done it the right way,” said Francona. “There’s no way you can get out and throw as far as he has and not be healthy. That’s hard to do. It’s impressive, actually. He’s ready to go. The timing, we did it right.”