The Rays made no promises to Hideki Matsui about calling him up to the big leagues. But after just six games in triple-A, the Rays have apparently seen all they need to see.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Matsui “seems likely” to be promoted to the Rays some time this week, possibly for the weekend series in Boston.

Matsui is 3-21 with a double, a walk, and five strikeouts for Durham.



  1. YoBuc says:

    Another lefty hitter, but he often hits lefty pitching quite well. Hope there's something left in the tank

  2. don says:

    Can he play 1st base?..Jennings back, Scott at DH..wheres he going to play?

    Getting Rid of Pena very day has to be next move...

  3. Chris D says:

    My question on this one is why....He's been just short of terrible thus far in Durham. Putting aside the fact that he doesn't even try to hit for contact, his strikeouts have been awful. Take a pitch down the middle for strike 3 and argue with the ump. Meh.

  4. Hal says:

    What about Leslie Anderson?

    • Chris D says:

      Anderson isn't on the 40-man for whatever reason. I don't know what he did to annoy someone, but I think he's stuck forever in AAA. Which is unfortunate because he's hitting .333 with a .394 OBP and .845 OPS, all of which are either career highs or close to them.

      • Hal says:

        This seems a touch odd to me. Maybe he's our latest 4 A guy, but it sure seems like we could use a right handed bat who could spell Carlos against a tough lefty or play in leftfield allowing Joyce to move back to right and Zo to 2nd. But instead we bring in Rich Thompson and a washed up Godzilla?

  5. Sarah says:

    3/21 at Durham. I can see why they are rushing him up; with those numbers he will fit right in.

  6. Dave L says:

    We have apparently no intention of playing him at first as he has only played outfield and DH in Durham.

    I would expect him to play mostly DH when Scott is in the outfield or hopefully possibly some 1st base against lefties.

    His call up will coincide with Luke's being ready to play defense.

  7. Ken G says:

    Considering this is his Spring Training, maybe contact isn't the priority. He was always a contact hitter in the past so he may have been told to just work on getting the swing loose, running and playing the outfield. A spring training situation, especially for veterans, is more about getting into shape than playing a serious game. When he was in the Spring Training Complex he was tearing it up. BA 500, OBP 700.


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