CLEVELAND -- Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka went home to Japan to tend to some personal business, and on his way back, he will stop in Southern California to get a second opinion on his ailing right elbow from Dr. Lewis Yocum.
"We gave him permission to go home before that," said manager Terry Francona. "It's personal though. He's not going [to Japan] to have surgery. I talked to him probably two or three times in-depth."
Matsuzaka's appointment with Yocum will come before the end of May.
Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with what Red Sox medical director Dr. Tom Gill diagnosed as a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The hope is that rest and rehab will help improve the ailment and that Matsuzaka will not need to undergo Tommy John surgery, a procedure which would take him off the mound for the remainder of this season and at least a large chunk of 2012.
Though one published report said that Matsuzaka wanted to get a second opinion from a Japanese doctor, that apparently was not the case.
Before going on the DL, Matsuzaka went 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight starts. He initially felt discomfort in his elbow on April 29 during a start against the Mariners. The life on his fastball wasn't there in the two starts he made after that.
Jenks reports no pain after bullpen session
CLEVELAND -- When Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw his first side session since being placed on the 15-day disabled list, he felt no discomfort whatsoever in his right biceps.
"Everything felt great today," Jenks said following a 25-pitch session on Monday afternoon. "[My] biceps is back to where it was before a few weeks ago. Right now, everything's looking good."
Jenks will throw another side session on Wednesday and thinks he might be ready to be activated during Boston's four-game series in Detroit this weekend.
"The way it went today, as far as health-wise, we're right on schedule to be back this week, hopefully in Detroit," Jenks said.
The righty doesn't think he needs a rehab outing in the Minors.
"Once I'm right, I'll be able to get back out there," said Jenks. "It's just a matter of getting my feet back under me. Another bullpen [session] or two, it will take care of that right away."
While he was in the midst of a bad slump before the injury, Jenks is clearly itching to get back on the mound and help his team.
"It's been way to long," Jenks said. "I need to get back out there. I've been going crazy in the dugout."
Starter John Lackey, who is on the DL with a right elbow strain, will throw his first side session on Tuesday.
"It seems like he's doing really well," said manager Terry Francona.
Back in Cleveland, Sox in much better shape
CLEVELAND -- Unlike their last visit to Cleveland seven weeks ago, things are going quite well for the Red Sox at the moment.
When Boston was swept in Cleveland from April 5-7, it was perhaps the low-point of the club's early-season skid. From that sweep, the Red Sox headed to their home opener at Fenway Park with an 0-6 record.
That was a far cry from Monday night, when manager Terry Francona's team took the field with a 25-21 record, just a half-game back in the American League East.
"Well, when we were here, nothing was going right," Francona said. "The day [Jon] Lester pitched well, we didn't get any runs. We got blown out every so often. We would lose a close one. We were inconsistent in all areas. Now it seems like we're sort of stringing together maybe that game where we spread it out a little bit and we've won a lot of close games. I just think things have settled down a little bit.
"Like [Jarrod Saltalamacchia], which is such a huge position, things were going kind of quick for him, now I think it's slowed down for him. [Jason Varitek has] taken a little bit off his plate, which has helped. Pitching is keeping us in games where if we don't swing the bat early, like [Sunday night], it gives us a chance to get into the game and not have to fight our way back so much. And then there's been a couple of games where we've fought back. [Adrian] Gonzalez has been maybe the best hitter in the game."
Scutaro works out, but not ready to hit yet
CLEVELAND -- Shortstop Marco Scutaro worked out on the field before Monday's game, but he did not have his bat with him.
Sidelined with a left oblique strain, Scutaro isn't ready to hit.
"Today was a little bit of a lighter day," manager Terry Francona said. "No hitting yet. He still hasn't gotten clearance to hit yet. We're hoping by the end of the week. [We] just can't let him turn himself loose until he doesn't feel it, and he still does. He can do a lot of other things, core work, things like that, but no hitting yet."
While Jed Lowrie essentially won the starting job in the middle of April, his workload has increased with Scutaro out of the mix. Monday marked Lowrie's 25th start in the last 26 games. It has been a good test for a player that had a hard time staying on the field the previous two seasons.
"He's in the routine where he is playing every day and he's bouncing back pretty well," said Francona.
The Red Sox don't have another off-day until June 2. Drew Sutton is currently the team's backup infielder.
"And we've got an interesting schedule coming up here, so we may give him a day just like we try to do with a lot of guys," Francona said. "Sometimes when you do that, you can help a guy's production just to keep his legs fresh."