BALTIMORE -- Hideki Matsui will travel to Toronto this weekend to obtain his visa. Although nothing is confirmed, it is anticipated that sometime Tuesday he will arrive in Durham to begin playing for the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in the International League. Due to the uncertainty of his arrival time, it is not known if he will play in the Bulls game Tuesday night.
Matsui, who signed a Minor-League deal with the Rays on April 30, has been playing for the Rays extended spring training team and has gone 8-for-18, including a home run Saturday.
"I've heard all good reports about him and how he's doing," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It sounds great. Like we said in the beginning, there's been no time frame attached [to him joining the Rays]. There's been no specifics attached to this whole moment except to go play, get ready and if there is a need and everything meshes, then we will be able to utilize him. It's good that he's looking as good as he [has] and that he's close to being ready. And then if we do need something it's going to be there for us."