Matsuzaka left the game after the leadoff hitter in the fifth inning, Ichiro Suzuki, hit a ball up the middle past him. Matsuzaka threw five fastballs to Suzuki, the last at 87 mph and none faster than 88 mph. After the single, catcher Jason Varitek went to the mound and appeared to call in manager Terry Francona and the team's trainers. After a discussion, Matsuzaka came out of the game.
Matt Albers replaced Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka allowed three hits and three runs (one earned) in four-plus innings of work. He walked four batters while striking out four. His velocity started in the low-90s before slowing throughout his outing.
Justin Smoak's first-inning two-run double broke Matsuzaka's 15-inning scoreless streak.
Following the game, Francona said Matsuzaka will be re-evaluated on Saturday and is still expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Angels at Fenway Park.
"I have an idea what's going on in my elbow right now," Matsuzaka said through his interpreter, according to the Boston Herald. "So I'm not worrying too much about it."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.