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Hideki Matsui announcement to come Tuesday; A’s also close to signing right-hander Brandon McCarthy

Hideki Matsui is expected to be introduced as the newest Athletic on Tuesday during an afternoon press conference. It’s my understanding he won’t take his physical until Tuesday morning. That’s why the A’s are waiting to make an official announcement on Matsui, 36, who will take over as the team’s new designated hitter. No details yet on contract terms, but I expect it to be a one-year deal in the neighborhood of the $6 million he made last year with the Los Angeles Angels.

The A’s may have more news tomorrow, as a source confirmed for me that the team is close to a deal with former Texas Rangers right-hander Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy, 27, has struggled with right shoulder problems in recent years. He suffered a stress fracture in the shoulder last season and made just 11 appearances (nine starts) at Triple-A. The last thing the A’s need is another pitcher with an extensive injury history, right? But I like the move to bring in somebody to compete for that fifth starter’s spot. The A’s are high on Josh Outman if he can rebound fully from elbow ligament replacement surgery. I’d say if he has a healthy spring and pitches well, Outman is the front runner for the job. But there’s no guarantee Outman will be healthy, or that Tyson Ross or Bobby Cramer are ready to be a full-time big league starter. Word is that McCarthy pitched well this winter in the Dominican Republic, so perhaps he’s worth the gamble …

Joe Stiglich