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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.


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


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.