John Tomase of the Boston Herald is reporting Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to miss the start of spring camp because of a sore back. However the Red Sox don't expect the right-hander to miss the start of the season,
Matsuzaka was 4-6 with a 5.76 ERA in just 59.1 innings last year. He was 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2008.
If for some reason Dice-K isn't available at the start of the season, the Red Sox still have right-handers Clay Buchholz (7-4, 4.21 ERA last season) and Tim Wakefield (11-5, 4.58), who are expected to battle for the final spot in the rotation.