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[11/8/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Masahiro Tanaka will be at the Asia Series after all

by on Nov.09, 2013 @ 12:16 am, under NPB

It seems Masahiro Tanaka is now scheduled to travel with the team for the Asia Series.

"I really want to give him a break.  He certainly did enough for us to deserve that, but the fans over there are also interested in seeing him," Senichi Hoshino said to reporters on Thursday.

Tanaka was supposed to begin a complete overhaul on the 11th, but is now scheduled to rejoin the team on the 13th.

Takahiro Norimoto and Manabu Mima are also expected to travel with the team.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2013

According to Sponichi, Hoshino changed his mind about Tanaka after hearing baseball people in Taiwan talking about how excited they were at the prospect of seeing the ace.  It should be noted that Hoshino also told reporters that he does not plan on actually playing Tanaka.

"I will take Tanaka [to Taiwan].  I have already spoken to him.  He has become fairly popular in Taiwan and I can not not bring him," Hoshino said.

Source: Sponichi 11/8/2013

Mima showed up at Kleenex Stadium on Friday for some light workouts.  When asked about the Asia Series, he said that he had heard nothing from the team about it and that he did not think he was going.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2013

UPDATE 11/9 @ 1:19am -

Team president Yozo Tachibana is scheduled to travel with the team.  Sanspo notes that Tanaka might have a chance to talk to Tachibana about whether he wants to be posted during the Asia Series.

Source: Sanspo 11/8/2013