The Softbank Hawks announced today that Nobuhiro Matsuda will withdraw from the 2014 All-Star Series because of his fractured right index finger. The withdrawal means he will also have to sit the first ten games after the All-Star break.
I am sorry to all the fans and players that selected me to the All-Star roster. I am filled with regret. I want to focus on making it back [to the active roster] as soon as I can. I am disappointed that I will not be able to participate this year. I will do my best so I can be selected again next season for the fifth consecutive year.