New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui said Thursday he is still undecided on whether to join Japan’s squad for the World Baseball Classic next March.
“The situation hasn’t changed at all. I’m still thinking it over. But I would like to let manager Sadaharu Oh know what I’ll do as soon as he comes back from Taiwan,” Matsui said during a visit to Tochigi Prefecture.
Oh is visiting Taiwan and is scheduled to return to Japan on Saturday. Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and Chicago White Sox infielder Tadahito Iguchi have already decided to join Japan-based star players in the country’s roster at the inaugural 16-nation tournament.
Meanwhile, Matsui welcomed the Yankees’ latest acquisition of outfielder Johnny Damon from the rival Boston Red Sox.
“That’s big. The Yankees needed a man who can bat first or second,” he said. “With Damon likely playing center field, I think I’ll play left field again next season.”
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