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Koji Uehara hurts his left hamstring

by on Mar.19, 2010 @ 2:36 pm, under MLB

Koji Uehara pitched in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on the 18th. He retired the first batter on a strike out, then gave up a double to next. After throwing the third pitch to the third batter of the inning, Uehara was taken out of the game with tightness in his left hamstring.

There's also a mini Q&A with Uehara about the injury.  I've translated a couple of lines:

Is there pain?

It's similar [to the pain] I had last year.  I know the area though.  And it isn't in the same area as last year.  It started up near the buttocks, down toward the thigh.

Do you think it's a hamstring tear?

I don't think it's that serious.  It feels like ordinary tightness.

How were you feeling up until now?

My elbow was feeling great so this is a real downer.  I was making some solid progress on the throwing side of things.

If there's one thing that might derail Uehara's MLB dreams, it's the hamstring.  It's almost like he has two glass rods for legs.


Ichiro Suzuki worked out for about an hour on the 18th, focusing most of his time on BP.  Ichiro will likely be in the line-up against the Cincinnati Reds on the 19th and have the day off against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 20th.  After that, he should be back in the line-up for four consecutive games, beginning with the Angels on the 21st.

Here's a "classic" Ichiro quote (when asked about how's he's feeling):

Please don't ask if I'm in mid-season form.  You should know by now that I won't answer that kind of question.  Or do you think I should say something like, I feel great and I'm in mid-season form, and I can't wait for the start of the regular season?  Wouldn't it be silly if I said something like that?


Takashi Saito will pitch on 2 days rest in a game against the Detroit Tigers on the 19th.  On the 18th, he kept his workouts light (he played some catch).  Saito told reporters he needs to work on his fastball.

Kenshin Kawakami is scheduled to toss 5 innings against the Detroit Tigers on the 19th.


Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second against the Detroit Tigers on the 18th.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to third, fly out to right, walk, ground out to second.  He was taken out of the game in the 7th on defense.


Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 18th.  He went 0-for-4.  Strike out looking, ground out to short, ground out to pitcher, strike out.  He was replaced in the 7th on defense.


Ryota Igarashi and Hisanori Takahashi both pitched in a game against the Florida Marlins on the 18th.

Igarashi entered the game in the 5th pitched himself into a jam by putting runners on first and second with 1 out (a hit and a walk).  But he managed to get out of the inning unscarred with two consecutive strikeouts.

Takahashi entered in the 7th with 2 outs and scattered 2 hits and a walk over 2.1 shutout innings.  He struck out one and also earned his first save.


Daisuke Matsuzaka actually ended up throwing 116 pitches on the 17th.  Here's the breakdown:

Facing three AAA batters during BP, he threw 40 pitches and gave up 3 could be hits.

He held a 62 pitch bullpen session.

He also threw 14 pitches during a semi-simulated game.

Matsuzaka is set to hold another bullpen session on the 19th.  Assuming he's ok, he might pitch in a minor league game on the 21st (2 innings).