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4/4/2012: Yoshinori Tateyama, Tsuyoshi Wada, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Apr.04, 2012 @ 3:42 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from April 3:

Chicago White Sox 5 - Houston Astros 1
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) entered the game in the 8th as a defensive replacement in left.  He did not have a chance to bat. [Nikkan Sports]

LA Dodgers 4 - LA Angels 1
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the 6th inning, with the score tied 1-1, and gave up three runs over 0.1 innings of work. [Sponichi]

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 - Milwaukee Brewers 3
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 6th, with the bases loaded and one out, and hit into a double play.  He took over in right in the bottom of the 6th and struck out swinging in his second at bat in the 9th inning. [Nikkan Sports]

Colorado Rockies 9 - Seattle Mariners 8
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: infield single, ground out to short, grounds out to second (force), RBI triple to right.  Kawasaki was replaced on defense in the 5th inning. [Daily Sports, Sanspo]

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An update Takashi Saito's (ARI) right calf, from MLB.com's Steve Gilbert:

That means that the lone decisions remain in the bullpen and it got more complicated Tuesday when reliever Takashi Saito tweaked his calf while stretching before the game.

Gibson said that an initial diagnosis of the injury was that it was not serious, but that Saito will undergo an MRI exam before making any final roster decisions.

If Saito is healthy, and unless the club decides to do something unexpected with a veteran like Brad Ziegler, it appears that Mike Zagurski and Wade Miley would be the odd pitchers out. 

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The latest on Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX), from MLB.com T.R. Sullivan:

Yoshinori Tateyama, who hasn't pitched since Thursday, is expected to start the season on the disabled list because of stiffness in his lower back. General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers will likely make a final decision before Wednesday's game against Double-A Frisco.

"I would say it's more than likely that he'll open on the disabled list," Daniels said.

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Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL) will start the season on the disabled list.  Via MLB.com's Chris Girandola:

Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced Tuesday that the organization will place left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 28. He will be eligible to come off the DL on April 12.

"He will make a minimum of two outings in extended spring training, and then we will go from there," Showalter said. "It's very important for him to start at 100 percent and [be] equipped to do what we need him to do this year for us. It's a long season, and a couple of starts here will hopefully get him where he needs to be in trying to be fair to him and the club he's about to join."

Wada made his third spring outing on Tuesday in what Showalter described as a "controlled scrimmage" in an exhibition contest against State College of Florida. The Japanese lefty started for the college program and pitched against the Orioles lineup, allowing one run on five hits.

And a quote from Wada, via Sanspo: "There is nothing physically wrong with me and I just wanted to pitch from the start.  But it can not be helped since other starters have pitched well.  All I can do is prepare myself to help this team as much as I can when I return."

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Yu Darvish (TEX) is scheduled to pitch four to five innings during an exhibition game start against the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders on Thursday.