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Ryota Igarashi, Hisanori Takahashi, Hideki Matsui

by on Mar.03, 2010 @ 4:25 pm, under MLB

Ryota Igarashi got a chance to pitch in the 9th against the Atlanta Braves on the 2nd.  He gave up no hits and one walk while recording a save during his one inning of work.  Igarashi topped out at 153km/h and threw a total 18 pitches, 15 of which were fastballs.  He also threw about 30 pitches during warm-ups in the bullpen.

Igarashi:  "I was a little nervous since they put me into a save situation right from the beginning.  I'm glad I was able to do the job.  I guess I did alright.  My fastball had good movement and velocity, but my fork and slider were no good.  They didn't go where I wanted them to go.  In general, I'd like to be able to hit the corners."

He also mentioned that he and the catcher weren't always on the same page and that he probably needed to spend more time with him.

Igarashi's next appearance will likely come on the 4th or 5th and will last 2 innings.

Hisanori Takahashi went to the US embassy in the Dominican Republic to secure his visa after his outing in an intra-squad game on the 1st.  There was talk about him going to Canada for the visa, but apparently it's much quicker / easier to get a visa in the Dominican Republic.

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Hideki Matsui ran 5 dashes on the 1st.  On the 2nd, he took some more fielding drills out in left field (situational fielding), like fielding grounders and throwing home and working with the cut-off man on grounders down the third base line.

His first game will likely come on or after the 5th.  Mike Scioscia told reporters a lot will depend on how Matsui is feeling on Thursday.

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Kenshin Kawakami threw about 40 pitches in the bullpen on the 2nd.  Takashi Saito kept his workouts light on the 2nd.

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Koji Uehara held a bullpen session on the 2nd and threw about 30 pitches (including his two-seamer and change).

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Ichiro Suzuki did not play in the intra-squad game on the 2nd.  Instead he worked on his fielding and hitting over a period of about 2 hours.  Ichiro will be playing in an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants on the 3rd (starting in right batting lead-off).

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Daisuke Matsuzaka played some catch indoors for about 8 minutes on the 2nd.

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Hiroki Kuroda threw 36 pitches in the bullpen on the 2nd.  He also tried throwing the change-up that he's been working on.  Kuroda apparently feels the curve will give him something else in case his other off-speed pitches aren't moving as well as he wants them too.  Referring to his current repertoire of pitches, Kuroda said that their movement changed based on the weather and location of the game.  He's hoping the change-up will help complement his pitches and give them more depth.