Daisuke Matsuzaka to start rehab

Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had Tommy John surgery last June, will start a rehab assignment Monday in Salem, the Virginia home of one of the team's Class A farm clubs.

"Dice-K has been feeling pretty good. He's ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation," Red Sox manager Bobby V
alentine said. "We'll monitor his pitches. He won't have any 30-pitch innings. He says he feels good."

Valentine said Matsuzaka is ready for a 75-pitch workload. He will be in a five-day rotation and could be making five rehab starts within the 30-day rehab period.

Matsuzaka appeared in only eight games last season.

In another pitching development, left-hander Andrew Miller, who continues to struggle with inconsistency with his location, is off any scheduled plans and will pitch as needed out of manager Arnie Beyeler's Triple-A Pawtucket bullpen.