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Yoshinori Tateyama released by Texas; Kensuke Tanaka reassigned to minors

by on Mar.22, 2013 @ 5:00 pm, under MLB

Yoshinori Tateyama was released by the Texas Rangers on Thursday.  Tateyama would like to continue his career in the Majors.

Source: MLB.com 3/21/2013, Star-Telegram 3/21/2013


Kensuke Tanaka was reassigned to the minors by the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.  From MLB.com's Chris Haft:

Kensuke Tanaka's bid to make the Giants' Opening Day roster ended Thursday, when the club reassigned him to Minor League camp.

... He hit .229 (11-for-48) with a .275 on-base percentage and a .250 slugging percentage in 19 Cactus League games. The non-roster invitee also committed seven of the 19 errors the Giants have recorded.

Primarily a second baseman, Tanaka also played shortstop and third base in spring games in an attempt to fit a utility infielder's profile. But he committed at least one error at each position.

"I'll say this -- he's one of the hardest workers you'll see," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But coming here is an adjustment for him. He's had a lot on his plate, trying to play short and third."

Bochy indicated that Tanaka would likely accept the move to Triple-A Fresno, though that would force the 31-year-old to accept the transition from stardom in the Japanese big leagues to the humbler environment of the Minors. Tanaka worked out with the Giants before Thursday night's game against Colorado and will report to Minor League camp on Friday.