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2/24/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Feb.24, 2011 @ 3:53 pm, under MLB

Ichiro Suzuki took part in full squad practices on the 23rd (about 3 hours).  During BP, he took 41 swings and hit 10 over the fence.  He also stood in the batter's box and watched 20 pitches (while swinging at 11).  The OF also worked on their communication (as in calling each other off when running down balls in the gap).

Ichiro is expected to play in an intra-squad game on the 25th.

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Hideki Matsui is slated to play in an intra-squad game on the 24th.  Matsui didn't play in any intra-squad games last season and didn't play in any games until the 5th exhibition game on the schedule.

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According to Daily Sports, Daisuke Matsuzaka was diagnosed with a "cold" in his right eye.  He was given some eye drops and managed to make it through a full day of practice on the 23rd.  When Matsuzaka tossed BP on the 21st, he apparently couldn't stop tearing up and had a hard time throwing the ball.  He also said that he had a runny nose over the last week or so.

Matsuzaka is still penciled in to make an appearance as a BP pitcher on the 24th.

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Hideki Okajima did some long distance throwing and infield drills on the 23rd.  Junichi Tazawa tossed his second bullpen session.

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Koji Uehara threw 28 pitches (including his fork) to Luke Scott, Nick Markakis, and Vladimir Guerrero during BP on the 23rd.

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Hiroki Kuroda threw 36 pitches in the bullpen (including his new curve 11 times) on the 23rd.  He'll be making a start during an exhibition game on the 26th.

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Takashi Saito threw 30 pitches during situational BP on the 23rd and allowed 1 could be hit.