Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays designate Matsui
Posted Jul 25, 2012 by Rick Harmon
Updated Jul 25, 2012 at 01:18 PM
BALTIMORE—The Hideki Matsui experiment is over.
Matsui, 38, was designated for assignment Wednesday to make room for newly acquired third baseman Ryan Roberts.
Roberts, 31, was acquired in a trade with Arizona late Tuesday night after being designated for assignment.
Struggling shortly after signing with the Rays on April 30, Matsui was hitting .147 with only two home runs and seven RBI. His two home runs were in his first three games and he had not had a hit since July 1.
He never adapted to his pinch-hitting role, going 1-for-10. He also had left 25 of 26 runners on base in July (21 at-bats).Roberts hit .250 (63-for-252) with six home runs, 34 RBI and six stolen bases in 83 games for Arizona this season. He played primarily third base (60 games, 57 starts) and also spent time at second base (eight games, six starts) and left field. He is 6-for-18 (.333) as a pinch-hitter.