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2/18/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Takashi Saito, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Feb.18, 2012 @ 2:40 pm, under MLB

Ichiro Suzuki and Munenori Kawasaki got their physicals on Friday.

Ichiro also played catch for about ten minutes and took some batting practice (thirty swings each of soft-toss and regular BP).

Kawasaki showed up with his hair shaved down and did not do any workouts.

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Hiroki Kuroda arrived in Florida, from Los Angeles, on Friday.

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Takashi Saito threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  He also mixed in some off-speed pitches and had the catcher move around a little.  Saito was also hoping to toss one bullpen session every other day before the start of Spring Training, but was cleared to toss on only Tuesdays and Fridays.

Saito is planning to throw a Sushi & Gyudon party during Spring Training as a way to get to know his teammates better.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka threw twenty-one pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday (or Friday).

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Ryota Igarashi threw threw thirty-five pitches, including off-speed pitches, in the bullpen on Friday.  Igarashi does not have an interpreter and told reporters that he wants to proactively communicate with others in order to enjoy Spring Training.

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Yoshinori Tateyama did not toss a bullpen session on Friday, but did work on his cutter while playing catch.  Tateyama did toss about forty pitches, mostly fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday..

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Tsuyoshi Wada started working out in Sarasota on Thursday.

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Wei-Ying Chen has been working out in Florida since February 11.  He told reporters his shoulder is currently at about 60-70%.

Chen and Wada played catch on Thursday.

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Hisashi Iwakuma worked out for about an hour and a half on Friday.  Workouts included a forty-one pitch bullpen session (threw a number of off-speed pitches including the two-seamer, curve, slider, and fork; also tried throwing them out of the set position) and some fielding practice.  He also ran for about thirty minutes in the morning.

Iwakuma is scheduled to toss batting practice on February 20.

FYI: the yellow training baseball Iwakuma uses is about 1.5 times heavier than the usual MLB baseball (~230 grams to ~150 grams).

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Nikkan Sports is carrying an article on Texas Rangers' rehab coach Keith Comstock advising Yu Darvish to be careful of US women.  Or perhaps more to the point, to be aware of the paparazzi and tabloids.

Derek Holland's "Drug Free" t-shirt made some headlines in Japan.

Sushi restaurant Hayashi, about a five minute drive from the Rangers' Spring Training facilities, has added a new item to their menu.  The Love Yu Roll.