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Keiichi Yabu, Ryota Igarashi, Akinori Iwamura, Hideki Okajima

by on Feb.11, 2010 @ 2:32 am, under MLB

Keiichi Yabu took off for the US on the 9th.  He doesn't have any offers and plans on continuing his training in Arizona while waiting to see if there are any teams interested in his services.


Ryota Igarashi almost didn't get his visa in time for his flight out of Japan on Wednesday.  He was originally supposed to get it on Tuesday but ended up getting it on Wednesday.  In hindsight, it probably wouldn't have mattered since his flight was grounded due to the weather in NY (he's going to spend a few days in NY to get settled in before heading out to Florida on the 14th).

Prior to getting ready to leave, Igarashi worked out with Akinori Iwamura and Toshihisa Nishi at the Jingu indoor training facilities on Tuesday.  As their BP pitcher, he threw about 70 pitches and one of them happened to hit Iwamura on the right knee / calf area.  Igarashi apologized and then added that he wanted to hit him once before the start of the regular season because he was a good batter.

Oh, and Iwamura celebrated his 31st birthday on the 9th.


Hideki Okajima left Japan on the 9th for th eUS and once again told reporters that his goal for the 2010 season is to pitch in 60+ games (if he's healthy).