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1/12/2012: Munenori Kawasaki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Hideki Matsui

by on Jan.12, 2012 @ 11:47 am, under MLB

The Seattle Mariners announced on Wednesday that they signed Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league with an invite to Spring Training.

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Hisashi Iwakuma worked out at a Rakuten Eagles Ni-gun facility in Sendai today and tossed about 50 pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen.  Trainer Daisuke Sekiba caught the session.  Sekiba is also apparently scheduled to work with Iwakuma in the States this year.

Iwakuma is currently scheduled to attend Mariners FanFest on 1/28, 1/29.  He has also prepared three different kinds of cleats to try in the US.

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Hideki Matsui practice for the fifth straight day on Wednesday.  He also swung the bat for the first time this year.

Matsui's workouts last about an hour and a half and included about 40 minutes of running, playing catch, and taking 10 about pitches while batting right-handed and 69 pitches while batting left-handed during soft toss BP.  Sponichi mentions 28 pitches from the right and 69 swings from the left.  Sports Hochi 12 pitches from the right and 69 from the left.

Matsui did not start swinging the bat until 2/5 last year and 2/21 the year before that.

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Junichi Tazawa has been working out in Kawasaki since 1/4.

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Nolan Ryan apparently sent Yu Darvish a pair of boots.

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Via Nikkan Sports, MLB.com posted the start of the various MLB Spring Training workout dates.