Red Sox fans expecting Daisuke Matsuzaka to be able to help out the Red Sox rotation have been hit with a dose of reality thanks to Dice-K’s less than stellar rehab starts. Last night Dice-K struggled, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, no walks (the real shocker in his line), and 2 home runs allowed.

In his 5 rehab starts, Dice-K has struggled mightily with allowing home runs. In his starts, he has allowed 6 home runs. In his 5 starts, he has a 4.62 ERA, with 6 walks and 22 strikeouts in 25.1 innings with a WHIP of 1.22. He’s looked very rusty on the mound, while having his usual troubles with his pitch locations. (though he has only 6 walks, he’s had trouble throwing strikes once again).

He’s expected to make another rehab start on May 22nd, and after that the Red Sox will be forced to make a decision about Dice-K. If they decide not to bring him up, he’ll have to be shut down for another 7 days before the Red Sox can have him pitch more rehab starts. Dice-K has a clause in his contract that he can’t be sent down to the minors for anything except rehab starts, so DFAing him isn’t an option. Needless to say, it’ll be a while before we see him in Boston.

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