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1/6/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Hideki Okajima, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Jan.06, 2012 @ 9:48 pm, under MLB

Via Nikkan Sports: The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay posted the following update on Kosuke Fukudome:

The agent for Kosuke Fukudome has called as well. Fukudome, 34, hit a combined .262/.342/.370 with the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland last year.

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Hideki Okajima is working on a new type of two-seam fastball.  He worked out in Kanagawa on Thursday.

"[The New York Yankees] were the first team to call and I thought I had the best chance with them," said Okajima.  "It would be like going from the Yomiuri Giants to the Hanshin Tigers in Japan."

Okajima will be heading to Australia some time later this month to continue his training.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka started his workouts in Ft. Myers on Thursday.  He kept his workouts light and threw the ball about 20 times.  Other than taking about a week off during New Years, Matsuzaka has been working out on a regular basis.

"This is not like any other off-season," said Matsuzaka.  "I am not in a situation where I can sit and relax."

Matsuzaka may also be allowed to toss a bullpen session soon.

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Kenshin Kawakami has posted an update on his blogNikkan Sports seems to think the update means Kawakami is prepared to take the year off if he does not find any takers.

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Hideki Matsui returned to Tokyo from Nomi, Ishikawa on Friday.

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Ichiro Suzuki spent about two and a half hours working out at Hotto Motto Kobe on Thursday (one and a half hours on the field and one hour indoors).  During his first BP session of the year, Ichiro took 72 swings and hit 11 over the fence.

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Norichika Aoki arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday.  Aoki's workouts with the Milwaukee Brewers is expected to take place on 1/8.