Posted July 25, 2012

Hideki Matsui designated for assignment by Rays, MLB career appears over

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Hideki Matsui’s MLB career could be over as the Rays designated him for assignment. (Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsui may have played his last Major League Baseball game as the the Tampa Rays have designated the designated hitter for assignment in order to create a spot for the recently acquired Ryan Roberts, according to a report Wednesday afternoon from C. Trent Rosecrans of CBSSports.com:

His last at-bat as a Ray, and likely as a Major League player, came Sunday when he popped up with two on and two out to end a 2-1 loss to the Mariners.

It would be a rather anticlimactic end to an otherwise illustrious career highlighted by his 2009 World Series MVP as a member of the New York Yankees. Over the course of his 10-year career, in which he also played for the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s, Matsui hit .282/.360/.462 and recorded 175 home runs.

Matsui, 38, signed a minor league deal with the Rays in April and was called up a month later. His 103 plate appearances over 34 games with the Rays resulted in only two home runs and seven RBIs. He has especially struggled as of late, failing to connect for a hit in his past nine games.