Matsui Will Wait to Play the Field

By on March 20, 2009 in

New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui is still recovering from left knee surgery conducted last September.  Manager Joe Giradi doesn’t want to rush his healing process, and wishes for him not to take the outfield for at least three months.  Until then he will perform as designated hitter, and will also be available for necessary pinch hit situations.

“The earliest we would need him in the outfield would be interleague, and that’s a ways off,” said Giradi.  “That’s why we envision him as our everyday DH.  We need him.”  Matsui will be counted on to hit fourth in the line up, and will drop to the five spot when Alex Rodriguez comes back from right hip surgery.  He has already been thrown in the DH spot for their last four spring training games.  Matsui feels good about his progress so far, saying “I think the fact that my body and knee are getting used to it is a good sign.”  Look for Matsui to be starting at DH opening day with CC Sabathia taking the mound for the Yankees.

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