3/04/2008 04:36:00 PM

Hideki Expected To Return Next Week

Posted by Mark McCray |

Yankees left fielder Hideki Matsui has been slowed by neck stiffness and hopes to resume taking batting practice Wednesday.

Matsui hasn’t hit since experiencing tightness in his neck while hitting on Sunday.

“It’s much better now,” Matsui said through a translator Tuesday.

Matsui, recovering from right knee surgery in November, could make his spring training debut next week.

“The faster the better with the knee,” Matsui said. “Probably another week or 10 days.”

Matsui fully expects to ready for opening day.

“It’s still not a setback,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I still expect him to play next week.”

Where Matsui will even fit in has yet to be decided. (That is so weird to say)

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