Kaz Matsui Released from Houston Astros, Jeff Keppinger to Start at 2B

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IMay 20, 2010

HOUSTON - MAY 08:  Second baseman Kazuo Matsui #3 of the Houston Astros makes a catch on a pop fly hit by Kyle Blanks of the San Diego Padres in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park on May 8, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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It’s about time the Houston Astros made a positive move.

That move came in the form of releasing slumping second baseman Kaz Matsui—who has two days to clear waivers.

According to Astros senior director of social media Alyson Footer, the Astros “asked for waivers on Matsui for purposes of granting him release. If he clears wavers in two days, [the] Astros [are] on the hook for [the] remainder of [his] salary.”

Jeff Keppinger will get a majority of the starts at second base, according to Footer.

And Keppinger was more than enormous in his latest outing on Wednesday night, driving in four runs for the Astros to help end the team’s skid in a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park.

Matsui is batting .141 this season—with just 10 hits in 71 at-bats—through 27 games this season for Houston.

Keppinger, meanwhile, has been a pleasant surprise for the Astros—with the young infielder batting .270 this season with nine doubles and 12 runs batted in (through 33 games and 115 at-bats). 

Check back soon for more information on this latest breaking news coming out of Houston…

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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