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[2/8/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Shunsuke Watanabe, Koji Uehara, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.08, 2014 @ 10:25 pm, under MLB

Daisuke Matsuzaka tweeted that he is now in Port St. Lucie and already did some light workouts.

Source: Tweet 2/7/2014 via Nikkan Sports 2/8/2014

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Shunsuke Watanabe left for the United States out of Narita Airport earlier today.

Source: Sponichi 2/8/2014

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Koji Uehara attended a public relations event on Friday for his new book, Fuhen (released on January 31).

Source: Sponichi 2/8/2014

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Updates on Masahiro Tanaka from Saturday, February 8, 2014.

  • He worked out at Kobo Stadium today for the last time before his departure.
  • He is slated to leave for the United States on Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2014

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman sees Tanaka as a number three starter.  From ESPN's Andrew Marchand:

... "We view him to be a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter," Cashman said on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on ESPN Radio. "If we get more than that, all the better. He's got a great deal of ability.

"There is definitely some unknown because of the transition. We scouted him extensively. Certainly, we look forward to adding him into the mix with the rest of our rotation. That's what we look at him as: A solid, potential No. 3 starter in the big leagues."

... Cashman expects Tanaka to have "some growing pains" as he adjusts, especially when it comes to pitching every five days as opposed to every seven days in Japan. He also cited differences in the baseball and the strike zone, as well as stronger opposing lineups, as other potential hurdles.

... "No, he is not someone who is going to, in the front end of this thing, pitch in the front of the rotation."

Source: ESPN 2/7/2014 via Nikkan Sports 2/8/2014