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2/18/2012: Hideki Okajima fails physical, Norichika Aoki heads to the US

by on Feb.18, 2012 @ 2:25 am, under MLB

Hideki Okajima failed his physical and will not be reporting to the New York Yankees' camp on Sunday.

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Norichika Aoki left for the US out of Hanede Airport on Friday.

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Nikkan Sports is carrying a mini interview with Hisashi Iwakuma.  A few of the more interesting sections quotes:

Do you feel tired?

In terms of being tired, compared to camp in Japan, things are much easier.  I think the style over here suits me more.

Do you feel like you want to build up your shoulder more?

That is not something I really need to do.

Are you using the yellow ball to help you adjust to the how slippery the [MLB] ball is?

That has nothing to do with it.  All [the yellow ball does] is make the regular ball feel lighter.

Did you eat lunch after practice?

I had soup and a banana for lunch today.