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[4/1/201] Hiroyuki Nakajima, Hideki Okajima, Hisanori Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Apr.01, 2013 @ 1:41 pm, under MLB

Hideki Okajima will start the season at Triple-A Sacramento and Hiroyuki Nakajima on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury.  From the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser:

... Evan Scribner snagged the final bullpen slot, with lefty Pedro Figueroa and non-roster relievers Hideki Okajima and Mike Ekstrom heading to Triple-A Sacramento...

Nakajima was disappointed to land on the DL. He's never had a hamstring injury before, and Melvin said that the A's want to be careful with it because hamstrings can recur easily if they don't heal fully. He said he will be OK with a rehab assignment with Sacramento – something Melvin says would be part of the plan- and he will continue to get adjusted to U.S. baseball. I asked what he's learned so far, and he said, "The style – everything is different. Lifestyle, language everything. But I really believe all this experience will serve as a benefit for me in the long run."

... There's little doubt that things have not clicked yet for Nakajima, either offensively or defensively, so it would not be a surprise if he spends more time at Sacramento than just a rehab assignment, but the A's do continue to believe that Nakajima will be able to hit in the big leagues, once he adjusts.

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The Chicago Cubs purchased Hisanori Takahashi's contract.  From the MLB.com's Carrie Muskat:

... Baker was placed on the 60-day DL on Sunday, and the Cubs selected the contracts of non-roster invitees Lillibridge and Hisanori Takahashi, who earned the last spot in the bullpen...

The addition of Takahashi, who will turn 38 on Tuesday, gives the Cubs another lefty in the bullpen besides James Russell. In nine Cactus League games, including two starts, Takahashi gave up nine runs on 21 hits over 18 1/3 innings.

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Tsuyoshi Wada was placed on the 15-day DL.  From an official press release:

The Orioles today announced that they have placed RHP STEVE JOHNSON (right lat strain), INF WILSON BETEMIT (right knee ligament sprain) and LHP TSUYOSHI WADA (left elbow surgery) on the disabled list. Wada is retroactive to March 22, Johnson is retroactive to March 23 and Betemit is retroactive to March 26.