MLB notes: Dice-OK, Almost

Boston Red Sox assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann, right, talks with pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka,...

Boston Red Sox assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann, right, talks with pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, centre, and interpreter Jeff Cutler after throwing batting practice during a workout at the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida March 22, 2012. (REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

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Red Sox pitcher Daisuke (Dice-K) Matsuzaka is set for a rehab assignment as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery last June.

Matsuzaka will have a 75-pitch limit Monday when he pitches for Salem of the Carolina League.

"Daisuke feels really good," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Friday. "He's ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation."

Matsuzaka could be back in a Boston uniform after a half-dozen or so minor-league starts, providing all goes well.

The 31-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since last May 16.

CAN-AM FOR CANSECO

Jose Canseco, 47, isn't giving up on baseball just yet, signing a one-year contract with the Worcester (Mass.) Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League.

The five-team league features the Quebec Capitales, who have won the championship the past three seasons.

"I am very much looking forward to putting on a uniform and competing on a professional level again this year," Canseco said in a statement. "I love the game of baseball. I am particularly grateful to the Worcester Tornadoes for embracing me and having the confidence in me to help the team win."

Canseco, who has 462 major-league home runs, will be an outfielder and designated hitter. He has been out of the majors since 2001.

PEREZ DENOUNCES TWITTER FINE

Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez is objecting to a $750 fine from MLB for a tweet last Saturday night after a contentious game with the Kansas City Royals in which three players were ejected.

Perez was told he "demonstrated a reckless disregard for the players on both clubs" in a letter from Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB's dean of discipline.

Perez tweeted: "Huge team win tonight, time for a sweep of the Royals. It's not 'Our Time,' it's TribeTime. P.S. You hit us, we hit you. Period."

The Royals use the term "Our Time" in their marketing.

Perez told the Plain Dealer he wasn't trying to incite the players and did not feel he crossed any lines, pointing out that the game the next day was a calm affair.

"I don't see where the reckless disregard for the players' safety was," Perez said.

BRIEFLY

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood went on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of right shoulder fatigue. In four games this season he has a 0-1 record with an 11.57 earned-run average. Pitcher Scott Maine was recalled from triple-A Iowa ... Mets left-handed reliever Daniel Herrera will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to ESPNNewYork.com. Herrera, 27, has not pitched in the majors this season ... The Oakland Athletics have claimed right-handed pitcher Rich Thompson off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. Thompson is 3-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 81 career appearances, all in relief, for the Angels ... The St. Louis Cardinals, as expected, have placed first baseman Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left calf. Infielder Skip Schumaker was activated off the 15-day disabled list. He tore his right oblique muscle at spring training ... Personal-service deals and milestone bonus clauses -- which the Los Angeles Angels used in their contract with Albert Pujols -- will not be allowed in future deals, ESPN reported. Pujols could get a $3-million bonus if he reaches 3,000 hits, but the collective bargaining agreement bars such incentives.


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