The Tampa Bay Rays have designated Hideki Matsui for assignment to make room on their 25-man roster for newly acquired Ryan Roberts.
Matsui, who signed a minor-league deal in late April, has struggled since being recalled from Triple-A Durham on May 29th. In 34 games for the Rays, he posted a .147/.214/.221 line with only two home runs. He had failed to collect a hit in 16 straight at-bats going back to July 2nd.
In his MLB career, the former Yankee has 175 home runs and a .822 OPS.