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3 Kazuo Matsui 2B
Height/Weight: 5-10/183 | Birthdate: 10/23/1975 | Birthplace: Osaka, Japan | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Colorado | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7
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Matsui returns to Japan


(11/26/2010) 2B Kazuo Matsui reached an agreement to play with the Rakuten Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League on Thursday. Matsui played in the major leagues for seven seasons, most recently with the Astros in 2010. Matsui batted .267 with 615 hits and 102 stolen bases in the majors.

Matsui happy to be with Rockies


(5/31/2010) Rockies 2B Kazuo Matsui is 4 for 14 since joining Triple-A Colorado Springs and has been welcomed by the fans. "I am honored to be welcomed like that way," Matsui told MLB.com. "I didn't expect that at all." This is the switch-hitters second time around with the Rockies, after being released by the Astros on May 20. "I am very grateful to the Rockies for giving me another chance. I will do my best to get the good result. I am still confident I can get back to the Majors," he said.

Matsui reports to Triple-A affiliate


(5/26/2010) 2B Kazuo Matsui passed his physical Tuesday and reported to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He's back in the Rockies organization after the Astros waived him last week.

Matsui back with Rockies again


(5/24/2010) After clearing waivers earlier in the day, Kazuo Matsui signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies on Monday, according to MLB.com. The 35-year-old played with Colorado from 2006-07 and batted .300 with the team before signing with the Astros in 2008. The switch-hitter was hitting just .141 in 27 games with Houston before being released last Wednesday. Upon passing a physical, he will be sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Matsui clears, becomes free agent


(5/24/2010) Kaz Matsui, who was waived by the Astros last week, has cleared waivers and is an unrestricted free agent. He was in the final season of a three-year contract worth $16.5 million. Matsui struggled with injuries in his time with the Astros and was placed on the DL four times. His best season in Houston came in 2008 when he hit .293 with 33 RBI.

Astros waive Matsui Wednesday


(5/20/2010) The Astros waived struggling 2B Kaz Matsui after Wednesday's win over Colorado. Matsui, batting just .141 this season, was hitless in his last 20 at-bats. He will be replaced by infielder Oswaldo Navarro, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock. If Matsui is not claimed by another club by Monday, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

K. Matsui struggling to get at-bats


(5/19/2010) The Astros gave SS Tommy Manzella a day off Tuesday at the Dodgers, hoping to give 2B Kazuo Matsui some at-bats without taking infielder Jeff Keppinger's bat out of the lineup. "Keppinger continues to swing the bat extremely well, and right now when you're struggling offensively, it's tough to take Keppinger out of the lineup," manager Brad Mills told MLB.com. "And what that does is make it hard on Kaz." Matsui went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and is batting .141 (10 for 71).

Manager stands behind Matsui


(5/16/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui is amidst an 0-for-16 slump and is hitting .149 on the season, but manager Brad Mills is sticking with the switch-hitter and plans to use him against right-handed pitchers, according to MLB.com. "Definitely against some right-handed pitching, he's going to get some playing time," Mills said. "I've talked to him many times [and tell him] 'You're not out of our plans,' and we try to put the guys in position to have success and be successful. We'll try to put him in matchups where he has a chance to have that opportunity."

Matsui back to the bench


(5/16/2010) Houston INF Jeff Keppinger started and led off on Sunday against the Giants in San Francisco. Keppinger started over Kazuo Matsui. Matsui has been starting just about every other game for the Astros.

Matsui back in starting lineup


(5/15/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui was back in the starting lineup posted for Saturday's afternoon game against the Giants in San Francisco. He had been replaced in the lineup on Friday by Jeff Keppinger, who returned to the bench Saturday.

Matsui not in the lineup on Friday


(5/14/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui was not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants. He has now played in every other game the last four contests. He was replaced by Jeff Keppinger in the lineup.

Matsui continues on-off schedule


(5/13/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui got the start Thursday at St. Louis as he continues to start pretty much every other day or so.

Matsui back on bench Wednesday


(5/12/2010) Houston infielder Jeff Keppinger returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday in St. Louis. Keppinger has not played since May 9 against San Diego when he went 0 for 5 to lower his batting average to .261. Kazuo Matsui played on Tuesday but did not start for Wednesday's game.

Matsui back in starting lineup


(5/11/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui started against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday after sitting out Sunday's game against the Padres. Matsui has now started four of the last six games over Jeff Keppinger. "Kaz is in the picture a little bit more, there's no doubt, with the way he's playing," Astros manager Brad Mills told MLB.com. "He's definitely getting more playing time and has picked it up a little bit. A lot of [who starts at second] is going to depend on who we're facing and the pitchers we're facing."

Matsui back in Astros lineup


(5/7/2010) Astros INF Jeff Keppinger was not in the starting lineup posted for Friday's game against San Diego. He was replaced in the lineup by Kazuo Matsui.

K. Matsui back to the bench


(5/6/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui returned to the bench Thursday against the Diamondbacks, as Jeff Keppinger started in his place.

Matsui back in lineup vs. Arizona


(5/5/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui was back in the lineup Wednesday vs. Arizona. He replaced Jeff Keppinger.

Matsui walks twice in return


(4/28/2010) Houston 2B Kazuo Matsui was back in the lineup Wednesday in a loss at home to Cincinnati. Matsui, who had been out with a knee issue, walked twice and went 0 for 2. He is batting .125.

Matsui is healthy and playing


(4/28/2010) After being sidelined with a bruised left knee, Kaz Matsui was back in the starting lineup for the first time in five games. He was at second base and batting seventh for the Astros in their Wednesday night game against the Reds.

Matsui gets pinch-hit at-bat


(4/27/2010) Houston 2B Kazuo Matsui (knee) did not start but got a pinch-hit at-bat on Tuesday against the Reds. Matsui grounded out to shortstop for the pitcher in the seventh inning. He is batting .133 on the year and remains day to day.

K. Matsui remains on the bench


(4/27/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui remained sidelined with a knee injury Tuesday as Houston opened up a series with Cincinnati.

Matsui dealing with bruised knee


(4/26/2010) From The Sports Xchange notes: 2B Kazuo Matsui (bruised left knee) was hurt Thursday. He did not play Friday, and he appeared as a pinch hitter Saturday. He was out of the lineup Sunday.

Matsui (2-for-21) no longer a regular


(4/20/2010) From The Sports Xchange notes: 2B Jeff Keppinger has supplanted Kaz Matsui in the starting lineup thanks to an impressive start that has him batting .371 (13-for-35) to go with five RBI, which ties for the team lead. Manager Brad Mills has been effusive with his praise of Keppinger, who has been clutch at the plate. "It's nice to know that people are taking notice; I feel like I have always had at-bats like that," said Keppinger, whose .450 on-base percentage is also a team-best. "I came up in the minor leagues batting in the two-hole. I just try to play my part and do my thing, and it pays dividends to the team."

Matsui gets an afternoon off


(4/16/2010) Astros 2B Kazuo Matsui was not in the lineup for Friday's afternoon game against the Cubs. He was replaced in the lineup by INF Jeff Keppinger.

Matsui pushed to seventh in lineup


(4/13/2010) The Sports Xchange reports Astros SS Tommy Manzella batted in the No. 2 hole for the first time this season on Monday against the Cardinals, with switch-hitting 2B Kazuo Matsui hitting seventh, a move manager Brad Mills said was designed to give the Astros a left-handed bat lower in the lineup.