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[11/23/213] Tomokazu Oka, Tsuyoshi Wada, Yu Darvish

by on Nov.23, 2013 @ 11:29 pm, under MLB

Tomokazu Oka (37) attended a tryout in Arizona in late-October.  A number of MLB teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, are interested in the veteran pitcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2013

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The Baltimore Orioles will not attempt to re-sign Tsuyoshi Wada.  From MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko:

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed today that the club won't attempt to re-sign free-agent pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada after declining to pick up his $5 million option for 2014.

... The Orioles chose not to recall Wada as rosters expanded in September, mostly because they didn't want to experiment with him while in a pennant race.

Duquette had indicated that the Orioles would attempt to re-sign Wada at a reduced rate, perhaps hoping that he'd accept a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, but it's not going to happen. Apparently, the Orioles didn't attempt to negotiate with him.

"I think that the Wada chapter is over with the Orioles," Duquette said. "We're just going in another direction."

Source: MASN Sports 11/21/2013

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The latest on Yu Darvish's back, from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:

... Darvish, who finished this past season experiencing inflammation in his lower back, was examined by Dr. Drew Dossett this week while in Texas and underwent an MRI. The results showed that the inflammation from the nerve irritation has subsided.

Darvish will continue with his conditioning program and be able to go through his normal offseason throwing program without any issues. He will work out in Texas for the next few days before returning to Japan.

Source: MLB.com 11/21/2013

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Koji Uehara returned to Japan today.  He rested for about two weeks after the end of the season before resuming workouts about a week ago.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

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MLB Japan held an event at Ishinomaki General Sports Park today.  Hisashi Iwakuma was a special guest.

Source: press release