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2/27/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Wada, Yu Darvish

by on Feb.27, 2012 @ 4:53 pm, under MLB

Nikkan Sports round up for practices on Sunday:

  • Ichiro Suzuki and Munenori Kawasaki played in an intra-squad game and collected hits.
  • Norichika Aoki swung the bat forty-six times during batting practice.
  • Kosuke Fukudome started working out at the Chicago White Sox facilities in Glendale, AZ.
  • Junichi Tazawa faced three batters during batting practice.


Ichiro Suzuki hit ten over the fence during batting practice on Saturday.

During Sunday's intra-squad game, Ichiro went 1-for-2 at the plate: fly out to right-center, single to right.

Munenori Kawasaki started at short and batted ninth (he played on the same team as Ichiro).  He went 1-for-2: ground out to third, triple down the first base line.


Hiroki Kuroda's workouts on Sunday were light and included playing catch and fielding practice.

FYI: Kuroda gave Andruw Jones a pair of Louis Vuitton sandals as a thank you for the uniform number 18.


Kosuke Fukudome worked out for about two hours at the Chicago White Sox facilities in Glendale, AZ.


Junichi Tazawa faced three batters during batting practice on Sunday and threw about thirty pitches.


Tsuyoshi Wada was scratched from his batting practice outing on Sunday.  Wada was seen leaving the facilities and then returning about an hour later.  A separate report mentions that Wada had the elbow drained and was given a shot to deal with the inflammation.

And a snip from MLB.com Brittany Ghiroli's update:

Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada did not practice Sunday and is dealing with left elbow inflammation, although an X-ray on the area showed no new structural damage.


Wada made it clear that he's in no pain and said that he was told it would be about three days before he's back throwing, although he felt like it could be sooner. As for whether adjusting to his first Major League Spring Training factored in, Wada admitted it could have expedited some of the soreness.


"I thought about trying to push through it and throw and pitch today, but that would cause problems for the team," Wada said. "I thought doing it this way was best."


Ryan Braun was apparently the player that gave Norichika Aoki the nickname, Ninja.

Aoki's thoughts on the nickname: "I suppose they see me as a Japanese person.  Well, that is fine (laughter).  Being able to communicate using different kinds of methods is good.  And if I can use it to help begin conversations, that would be great too."

Aoki stood in the batter's box against Zack Greinke on Sunday.


NHK is planning to broadcast Yu Darvish's exhibition game outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 6.  NHK is also hoping to air three additional exhibition games after that.

An official announcement will likely be made within the next few days.

Darvish did not do any throwing on Sunday.  His workouts included infield drills.

Seiichiro Nakagaki, Darvish' personal trainer, arrived at camp on Sunday (he hit a slight snag with his work visa).

FYI: Sponichi figures Darvish can throw over fifteen different pitches, if you include pitches he throws a variety of different ways (like at least two different kinds of sliders, three different kinds of curves, and two different kinds of change-ups).


Former Texas Ranger Akinori Otsuka visited Surprise, AZ on Sunday and met Koji UeharaYoshinori Tateyama, and Darvish.


The NY Daily News' Mark Feisand tweeted that Hideki Matsui is not close to signing a deal with any team.

One comment on “2/27/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Wada, Yu Darvish

  1. Jonathan

    From Yomiuri Shimbun:
    Matsui’s agent: Times tough

    SURPRISE, Ariz.–Hideki Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem, said Monday this has been a very hard offseason for free agents.

    During a visit to the Texas Rangers spring camp in Surprise, Ariz., Tellem told The Yomiuri Shimbun that negotiations with major league teams had been very difficult.

    Matsui, a veteran slugger who was not offered a contract by the Oakland A’s at the end of last season, is now working out while waiting for offers.

    Tellem said Matsui, principally a designated hitter at this stage of his career, is just one of a number of free agents who have yet to sign a contract. He also said that although National League teams do not emply the DH rule, he was in contact with several NL teams about a deal for Matsui.


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