MATSUI VS. LEFT-HANDERS
Matsui has a history of doing just as much damage against left-handed pitching as right-handers, rare for a lefty swinger."That shows his balance, how he stays on the ball," Hunter said. "Most lefties kind of fall out. He stays in there and stays on the ball." Defensively, Hunter said, "We kind of kept it easy today. Matsui has a knee problem. All us veteran guys are going to take it easy for a while, get the kinks out. He looked good, fielding-wise and hitting-wise." Angels outfield coach Ron Roenicke said Matsui won't do anything to place undue stress his knees, especially this early in Spring Training. "He's running fine," Roenicke said. "He says he feels good, and we've got to keep it that way. "There are certain drills I know that are going to be tough. You don't want to throw him out and have him do everything. We're going easy with him. Today he didn't do agilities. He was able to do bike work." The Angels, aware of his immense popularity in Japan, are getting accustomed to the increasing numbers of media members covering Matsui's every move. There are close to 50 Japanese news people in camp. "Yesterday I went out to leave and he was just leaving the parking lot, and they were all out there," Roenicke said, grinning. "It's going to be an interesting year."
In other Angels news from camp on Tuesday, the club reached 2010 contract agreements with right-handed pitchers Fernando Rodriguez, Trevor Bell, Sean O'Sullivan, Bobby Mosebach and Anthony Ortega, catcher Bobby Wilson and Ryan Budde, infielders Mark Trumbo and Freddy Sandoval and outfielders Chris Pettit and Terry Evans.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.