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Hideki Matsui hits .170 at Triple-A, gets called up by Rays

May 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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As expected the Rays have called up Hideki Matsui despite the 37-year-old veteran hitting just .170 at Triple-A after signing a minor-league contract last month.

Matsui went 8-for-47 with zero homers, two doubles, and a 10/4 K/BB ratio in 13 games for Durham, seemingly showing no signs of being ready to make an impact in the majors.

He also struggled last season for the A’s, posting career-worst marks in batting average (.251), on-base percentage (.321), and slugging percentage (.375) in 141 games, and can no longer regularly play the outfield.

To make room for him on the roster the Rays optioned Stephen Vogt back to Triple-A and Matsui will earn a prorated share of $900,000.

  1. vallewho - May 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I can probably hit .170 @ AAA…then again I don’t have a WS MVP in my bag. Or Godzilla power.

    • nelsonsaint - May 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Or the legendary porn collection.

    • purnellmeagrejr - May 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      It could be the inscrutable mystique but I think he’lll be OK

      • proudlycanadian - May 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        That 2 run homer today indicates that he might just be OK.

  2. silversun60 - May 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Vladimir Guerrero approves this message.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Any word on whether Matsui was simply hitting to the score?

  4. steveohho - May 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Look, Hideki has been too busy kicking ass, popping champagne and getting ho’s. Assuming the Rays are in the race at the end of the year, it will be Hideki time.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Or, as Herman Cain would call him “Hideki-deki-deki Stan Stan.”

  5. laeaglefan - May 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Durham Bulls, huh? I wonder if he ran into Crash Davis there.

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