Hideki Matsui was held out of the New York Yankees’ lineup on Sunday, got his swollen knee drained and will likely miss at least one more game.
Manager Joe Girardi said after New York lost for just the second time in 14 games on Sunday, 10-3 to Seattle, that the designated hitter will have his surgically repaired knee reevaluated on Tuesday to see if the 35-year-old can play the second game of a series at Oakland. That’s New York’s next stop on its season-long, 10-game road trip.
“That is why we are careful with him, because he is really important to our lineup,” Girardi said.
Matsui has been a vital cog in the Yankees surge over the last six weeks, OPS’ing an amazing .967 in July and .982 in August. He has become the Yankees best protection for Alex Rodriguez, and is playing well against lefties and righties (slugging .619 against lefties). However, this injury illustrates why the Yankees are unlikely to bring Hideki back next season. This knee issue was dormant for months, and now came from nowhere to sideline Hideki. If the Yankees were in the midst of a close pennant race, this would be a lot more difficult to swallow. I doubt that Brian Cashman will want to plan for 2010 by depending on Hideki Matsui to play 130-140 games. Unless he is willing to take a major pay cut and possibly a more limited role (depending on his effectiveness, of course), 2009 is probably Godzilla’s last season as a Yankee.
What do you think? Would you bring him back?
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