Francona not concerned with RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka’s strained forearm

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BOSTON — Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he was encouraged by test results from injured right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka’s visit with a team doctor.

Matsuzaka was scratched just before the first pitch of his scheduled start Saturday against Philadelphia and later placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained forearm. He was examined by Dr. Thomas Gill on Sunday.

“He tested out real well,” Francona said after the Red Sox lost 5-3 to the Phillies.

Matsuzaka warmed up and walked to the dugout about 15 minutes before the start of Saturday’s game. Francona said after Boston’s 10-2 win over the Phillies that Matsuzaka felt he could pitch by altering his delivery, but the team was uncomfortable with him doing that.

Matsuzaka, who started the season on the DL with a neck strain, is 5-2 with a 4.59 earned-run average in eight starts this season.

Organizations: Red Sox, Phillies

Geographic location: BOSTON, Philadelphia

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