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2/11/2012: Hiroki Sanada, Hisashi Iwakuma, Yu Darvish

by on Feb.11, 2012 @ 3:26 pm, under MLB

Hiroki Sanada attended a tryout in Los Angeles on Friday.  The tryout was closed to the media and took place at a university.  Scouts from five or so teams are said to have attended.  Sanada threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen.

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Hisashi Iwakuma threw twenty-six pitches, including off-speed pitches, in the bullpen on Thursday (Friday Japan time).  Miguel Olivo caught the session.  This was Iwakuma's first bullpen since arriving in the US.

Iwakuma is scheduled to toss another bullpen on February 13 (February 14 Japan time).

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Hiroki Kuroda has already tossed three bullpen sessions this month (as of February 9).

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Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Baltimore Orioles are still interested Koji Uehara.

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Via Nikkan Sports: SB Nation: The Heart of Texas' Brett Perryman has the following on what Ron Washington expects from Yu Darvish:

I'm not expecting him to come win 20 games. If he can duplicate 16 [wins] like C.J. [Wilson] I am fine. The expectation is not too much. Come on out and keep us in the ball game. Just keep us in the ball game. That's it. We'll determine if you win or lose that ball game by the amount of runs we put up, but if you keep us in the ball game there is someone in that lineup we'll find a way to get it done and that is it right there.

SI.com's Tom Verducci has written an article on the Ranger's transition plan for Darvish.  A snip:

The Rangers will have Darvish on the same training regimen as all of their pitchers, though Texas GM Jon Daniels emphasized that there are allowances within the general framework of the schedule. One pitcher, for instance, might throw 35 pitches in a side session while another might throw 80.

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What else can Texas do to ease the transition? The Rangers likely will keep him out of games against AL West opponents late in spring training so that hitters don't get familiar with him -- a practice typical for Texas' top starters. And they will consider adding a sixth starter to the rotation at times during the regular season to allow Darvish extra rest. Remember, in their rotation the Rangers also have Neftali Feliz, whose innings will be monitored as he moves from closing to the rotation, and Derek Holland, who bears watching because of a giant workload increase of more than 70 innings last year. And the Rangers do have Alexi Ogando and Scott Feldman in the bullpen as legitimate spot starter options. The Rangers could skip a start or two for Feliz or Darvish or briefly go to a straight six-man rotation.

And Nikkan Sports notes that former Nippon Ham Fighter Chief Trainer Seiichiro Nakagaki signed a contract with the Texas Rangers.  He will be working directly with Darvish.