Hideki Matsui Designated for Assignment by Tampa Bay Rays

Jamal Wilburg@JWilburgCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 5: Hideki Matsui #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after hitting a line drive to left for an out to end the top of the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 5, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Hideki Matsui's time as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays has come to an end.

The 38-year-old designated hitter and outfielder has been designated for assignment by the Rays in order to make room for infielder Ryan Roberts, acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night according to Joe Smith from the Tampa Bay Times.

Matsui was batting an unimpressive .147 with two home runs and only one double in 34 games for the Rays in 2012. He finished going 0-for-16 in his final nine games with the team. His last hit was on July 1st against the Detroit Tigers.

He started off with a bang, hitting a home run in his debut with the Rays on May 29th. He hit his second and final home run in his third game and only double in his eighth game. From that point on, there were no signs of power coming from Godzilla's bat.

Initially, his signing seemed like a good move, giving the team a switch-hitting power bat that can come off the bench in a pinch hit situation with an occasional start as the designated hitter. Unfortunately, with injuries to Luke Scott and Matt Joyce he was placed in more game situations than was probably originally envisioned.

Although his time with the Rays certainly didn't go how anyone would have wanted, it was far greater than the 2011 Manny Ramirez experiment.


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