How much longer is he with the team?
My opinion is that once Joyce, Longo, and Scott are back he is gone. Hopefully, this is by the all-star break. There is not room left once those 3 return. Because I can only see Will Rhymes and Conrad leaving. The next person that would be gone is S-Rod, or maybe Scott himself (would not be the first time a high priced free agent was let go example Burrell). Personally, Matsui does not add anything that we don't already have.
mid season additions..
.Matsui, B Allen. R Thompson, Sutton, Conrad- who here really thought any of these guys were going to make an difference???????
When the latter 4 were placed on the team I said...WHO?????? And when Matsui came on I felt that we already had a few lefties capable of an occasional hr that can bat 200
When Luke Scott returns then one of the 13 pitchers should go back to Durham, most likely Alexander Torres. Scott by the way STILL leads the team in RBIs and hasn't had but a few ABs in June when the back went. No Comparison whatsoever with Burrell, though this board appears to be focused on BA and BA only. Scott was doing his job well driving in runs in April and May.
I would expect that when Joyce comes back then Rhymes goes back down and Conrad stays, but that should depend of course on performance. Too low an offensive ceiling with Rhymes and unfortunately part of the defensive problem. I don't expect Conrad to change things much on defense but he can hit for power and drive in some runs.
I see Hideki Matsui staying even though he really hasn't got it going yet. I still think he gets good ABs but the balls just aren't falling in there. Two of our best left-handed hitters with back problems doesn't sound good (Joyce and Scott). Back problems aren't like stubbing your toe or something, they usually don't just heal up and poof go away. Therefore I see Matsui staying.
If Longoria or Fuld eventually return then there might be a few difficult roster choices but that will be down the road.
I just don't see where Matsui will fit once Joyce and Scott are back. We will have Zobrist in the outfield for days off and Scott at DH most days (and Longo would more than likely hit DH when he first returns). Matsui can't pinch run. And with our current roster it makes no sense for him to pinch hit because why would he pinch hit for any lefties in a lefty to lefty matchup. And I don't see any right handed hitters being subbed for. Maybe Rhymes, but that assumes Rhymes is not sent down.
He would just be a wasted spot on the bench.