Matsui progressing well with hamstring issue

Matsui progressing well with hamstring issue

CLEVELAND -- Hideki Matsui said his left hamstring problem has been progressing very well.

"Yesterday, I was able to pinch-hit. Everything was fine. I feel fine right now," Matsui said through an interpreter. "For the remainder of the first half, I should be able to pinch-hit. After the All-Star break, I should be able to go 100 percent."

Matsui has struggled thus far for the Rays, entering Friday night's action hitting .175 with two home runs and seven RBIs. When asked about his performance, Matsui said his "honest assessment" so far is "that I haven't been able to help the team.

"The preparation is there," Matsui said. "We have another half to go, three months, so I have to really focus on that and do whatever needs to be done to bring it up and help the team as much as possible."