Yankees cautious about Matsui’s balky knee
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Matsui is experiencing some fluid in the knee and that having it drained could be a possibility. Girardi had planned to rest Matsui anyway for the series finale against the Mariners because of stiffness and was told by head trainer Gene Monahan that Matsui needed another day.
“He has a little bit of fluid on it today,” Girardi said. “What that means, I can’t tell you yet. The right leg is fine, the left leg has a little bit of fluid. It’s the first time in a long time. Is it a concern of mine? A little bit. Hopefully we get it out.”
With Matsui on the bench, Mark Teixeira started as the Yankees’ designated hitter and Nick Swisher manned first base. Matsui homered twice in a four-hit, five-RBI game for New York on Thursday and has 12 hits in his last 36 at-bats.