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2/28/2012: Koji Uehara, Norichika Aoki, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Feb.28, 2012 @ 2:52 pm, under MLB

Nikkan Sports round up for practices on Monday:

  • Koji Uehara and Yoshinori Tateyama both tossed batting practice.
  • Nochika Aoki took thirty-four swings during batting practice.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka threw off-speed pitches during his bullpen session for the first time since his surgery.
  • Hiroki Kuroda faced five batters during batting practice and threw twenty-five pitches.

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Hiroki Kuroda faced five hitters during batting practice on Monday and threw twenty-five pitches.  He is currently slated to pitch in an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 7.

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Takashi Saito faced four hitters during batting practice on Sunday and threw thirty pitches.  Eighteen pitches went without swings and of the other twelve, two went for could-be hits.  Saito is hoping to increase the velocity on his fastball three to four miles an hour.

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Norichika Aoki faced Yovani Gallardo and John Axford during batting practice on Monday.  Aoki's biggest problem during Spring Training so far has been learning English.

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Eric Wedge plans to have Hisashi Iwakuma pitch two innings during an intra-squad game on February 28.  He also plans to give Munenori Kawasaki a look at second.

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Tsuyoshi Wada told reporters on Monday that he felt no pain in his elbow and was able to do things as usual, save for being careful about his elbow.  His workouts for the day included general workouts with the rest of the players, running, and trunk strengthening exercises.

And while the Orioles have shut Wada down (no throwing for a few days), he said that he felt he could throw right away but would take things slowly.

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If Akinori Otsuka (40) can not return to baseball this season, he will consider retirement.  Otsuka would like to continue playing baseball, but he is still having difficulty returning from right elbow problems.