Yanks outfielder Matsui has arthroscopic knee surgery

NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui had arthroscopic surgery on his
right knee Wednesday, and the New York Yankees outfielder is
expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

The inside of Matsui's knee was cleaned out at the Hospital for
Special Surgery in a procedure performed by Dr. Scott Rodeo.

Matsui batted .285 with 25 home runs and 103 RBIs this season,
his fifth with the Yankees since coming over from Japan. Hampered
by his ailing knee, he was frequently used as a designated hitter
down the stretch while Johnny Damon played left field.

Matsui was the DH in all four games of New York's first-round
playoff loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees plan to have
Damon and Matsui share time in left next season, with both
potentially involved in a DH rotation that also would include
Jason Giambi.