Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed three scoreless innings for Single-A St. Lucie on Monday night against Bradenton. Matsuzaka allowed one hit and struck out three in a 39-pitch effort.
Dice-K is expected to return within the next few weeks. He threw 26 of his 39 pitches for strikes. It's unknown, however, what his role will be with the Mets. He threw multiple innings, so it seems he's being rehabbed as a starter, but Rafael Montero was recently promoted to take the place of the injured Jacob deGrom. Should Montero struggle, Dice-K would be next in line. Until then, he'll either bide his time at Triple-A or function as the long man in Queens. ANALYST:
Chris Paul and Austin Rivers both practiced Monday and could play Tuesday.
Assuming everything goes well Tuesday, neither injury should be an issue going forward. Unlike last season, the Clippers finally have a competent point guard behind Paul and Rivers in Pablo Prigioni. Prigioni had 13 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in 30 minutes in Sunday's preseason game against the Hornets, and he would be a viable fantasy play if Paul and Rivers go down with injuries. Analysis: Steve Pimental