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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Junichi Tazawa, Kei Igawa, Koji Uehara, Ryota Igarashi

by on Feb.19, 2010 @ 10:48 am, under MLB

===== 1:26pm JST

Daisuke Matsuzaka did some outdoor running for about 20 minutes  on Thursday.  He told reporters that he was feeling better with each day that passed.


Hisanori Takahashi threw over 70 pitches in a bullpen session on Thursday.  His bullpen catcher apparently told reporters that Takahashi hit his spots and likened him to Tom Glavine.  Takahashi's uniform number was also switched to 47, the number Glavine used to wear when he was with the Mets.


Kei Igawa was supposed / hoping to get the number 27 this season but will instead be getting the number 17.  Nick Johnson will be wearing the number 27.

===== 2/19/2010 10:48am JST

Assuming the team doctor finds nothing wrong during a scheduled checkup on the 19th, Daisuke Matsuzaka should be able to start throwing again.


It appears Junichi Tazawa is thinking of returning to a 6.5 step stride this season after shortening it to 6 steps last season.  He threw 35 pitches in his last bullpen using the 6.5 step stride.  The wider stride apparently gives Tazawa more power.


Kei Igawa was apparently surprised that he got an invitation to Spring Training.  He plans on doing his best to try and win a spot on the opening day roster.


Koji Uehara told reporters on the 18th that he'll do whatever it takes (as in start or relieve) to stay on the MLB roster.  He also consider this a big year for him as it's the final year of his 2-year contract.


Ryota Igarashi is apparently thinking about shaving his entire body.  Apparently it has something to do with about 50% of other baseball players not having any hair on their bodies.  Or at least that's according to Igarashi -- "Everyone else is doing it, so I will too!"

Sponichi goes on to explain that it might have something to do with hair getting stuck on the communal soap dish.

Igarashi also recently moved his things over [from the minor league complex] to the major league complex and was happy to find that he had his very own parking space.