According to Sponichi and Nikkan Sports, Boston Red Sox rehab coordinator Chip Simpson told reporters that Daisuke Matsuzaka could toss a bullpen session some time next week. Matsuzaka is able to play catch on flat ground at a max distance of about 50 meters with his partner squatting. When he tosses a bullpen session will likely be determined after he begins mixing in off-speed pitches.
Hideki Matsui has yet to receive an official offer. Based on current team needs, Sponichi notes that if the New York Yankees do not sign Matsui, he will likely end up having to play in the National League.
When asked by reporters what he would do if offered a minor league contract, Matsui replied, "I will think about that when I need to cross the bridge. Right now, I have not thought about it."
TV Ratings for Yu Darvish's press conference: Sapporo TV - 11.6%; NHK - 10.4%; Hokkaido TV - 8.5%; all five channels combined - 89.5%.