Rays cut slugger Matsui after getting Roberts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hideki Matsui has been cut by the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 38-year-old Japanese star was designated for assignment on Wednesday to clear a roster spot for infielder Ryan Roberts. The Rays have 10 days to trade Matsui, release him or place him on waivers.
He is hitting .147 with two homers and seven RBIs in 95 at-bats.
Baltimore obtained Roberts on Tuesday from Arizona for minor league second baseman Tyler Bortnick.