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2/20/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Feb.20, 2012 @ 2:35 pm, under MLB

Ichiro Suzuki got into the batter's box against Felix Hernandez during batting practice on Sunday and watched ten pitches.  Munenori Kawasaki took fielding practice at short.

On Saturday, Ichiro was seen wearing a t-shirt that had a picture of Sadaharu Oh hitting his 756th career homer with Isao Harimoto jumping for joy in the background.

Regarding his swing, Ichiro told reporters that it was not something that he wanted to get into.  He also said that while he can not change his swing entirely, there was something he was doing less of.

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Hiroki Kuroda got his physical on Sunday.

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Koji Uehara did some short distance running and long distance throwing (about 100 meters) on Sunday.

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Hisanori Takahashi got his physical on Sunday.  Afterward, he did some running and played some catch.

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Ryota Igarashi began his first day of workouts as a non-roster invitee (Pittsburgh Pirates) on Sunday by tossing a twenty-nine pitch (including off-speed pitches) bullpen session.  Workouts lasted about two and a half hours.  Igarashi wore the number 17.

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Tsuyoshi Wada and Wei-Ying Chen attended the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers (Baltimore Orioles) on Sunday.  Their workouts included playing catch and fielding practice.

Wada is doing his best to communicate without relying too much on his an interpreter.  He is also just one of two players assigned two lockers (the other is Adam Jones).

And Chen on Spring Training so far: "It seems a little easier [than Japan].  Things move quickly in Japan, but they are slower here."

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Texas Ranger officials told reporters that Yu Darvish will be arriving in Surprize, AZ a little later than scheduled -- he was originally slated to arrive about a week or so before pitchers and catchers reported.  No reason was given.

Darvish has been working out in Los Angeles since leaving for the US on February 10.

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Hiroki Sanada will most likely attend another tryout this week.  Sanada tossed a bullpen session in front of about five MLB teams on February 10.  And while his agent has spoken to a number of teams, none have submitted any offers.

Sanada has been working out in Los Angeles.  His current focus is to sign with a Major League team -- minor league contracts are fine, but contracts with Independent League teams are not (at least for the time being).