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Daisuke Matsuzaka not close to rejoining Red Sox

Valentine wary as deadline looms

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start for Pawtucket Thursday night in Durham, N.C., and again Tuesday in Norfolk, Va.

That would give the righthander six starts in his minor league rehabilitation assignment, the equivalent of a full spring training. But Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine isn’t sure that will be enough to get Matsuzaka ready.

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