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Matsuzaka’s elbow survives session

Kyodo

The Boston Red Sox’s Daisuke Matsuzaka suffered no setbacks on his comeback trail Wednesday, a day after his first bullpen session since undergoing season-ending elbow surgery last summer.

“The work was light, so there are no problems at all,” said Matsuzaka, who threw from 20 meters on this day. “I don’t feel any stiffness.”

Tuesday’s session was the 31-year-old Matsuzaka’s first since having Tommy John surgery last June. He will throw again on Friday but made it clear he’s far from returning to the mound.

“I’m not quite there yet,” the two-time World Baseball Classic MVP said. “I’ll need to be able to throw a lot more to do that.”

The Red Sox are hoping to return to the postseason this year under former Japan Series-winning manager Bobby Valentine, following their historic fade down the stretch last season.