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[2/13/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyuji Fujikawa, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.13, 2014 @ 12:02 pm, under MLB

Hisashi Iwakuma has a strained tendon in his right middle finger.  From the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish:

... On Monday, Iwakuma met with hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan in Arizona and was diagnosed with strained tendon in the middle finger of his right throwing hand.

"Lucikly, this does not appear to be a serious injury," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "It is a setback for Kuma, but we are confident that he will quickly overcome the missed time and be able to rejoin our rotation early in the regular season."

Iwakuma said through his translator Antony Suzuki that he injured the finger during a workout on January 20 in California with some ex-teammates.  He was playing catch and  jumped up to catch a ball that was thrown high. As he was coming down, he reached back with his free hand and got his finger trapped in the netting of a protective screen behind him.

Source: Seattle Times 2/12/2014

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Kyuji Fujikawa will report to spring training on the 14th.  He will be doing the same kind of workouts as the others, with the main exception being his throwing program.  He hopes to toss a bullpen session before the end of the month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2014

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Koji Uehara left for the United States out of Narita Airport on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/13/2014

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Masahiro Tanaka worked out in Tampa on Wednesday.  Source: AP 2/12/2014

The tie Tanaka wore during his press conference at Yankee Stadium was the one his former teammates gave him during a farewell dinner in January.  Source: Sponichi 2/12/2014

Trey Hillman told Sponichi that he believes that pitching alongside Hiroki Kuroda will be great for Tanaka.  In Kuroda, he gets one of the best examples of a Japanese starting pitcher that successfully adjusted to a change in culture and leagues.  Hillman also said he was asked to join team officials for their meeting with Tanaka in Los Angeles at the last minute.  During the meeting, he gave the righty an overview of the organization, GM Brian Cashman provided details about the history of the franchise, Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild went over the scouting report they compiled on him, and Manager Joe Girardi spoke about his potential role.  Source: Sponichi 2/12/2014

Travel agencies in Japan are beginning to offer baseball tour packages.  H.I.S. has a five-day New York baseball package that includes up to two tickets for Yankee games between April 7 and June 29 (one ticket is optional and requires an extra fee).  BATNAT has also put together an American Baseball Opening Series tour package that begins in Texas on March 31 (Philadelphia vs Texas) and ends in Houston on April 3 (New York vs Houston).  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2014

The New York Post's Kevin Fasick recounts Tanaka's movements from his hotel to Teterboro Airport on Tuesday evening.

... The 25-year-old athlete had been whisked from the swanky Mandarin Oriental hotel in Midtown after 4 p.m. — with his wife, Japanese pop star Mai Satoda, brown toy poodle Haru and a small entourage in tow — to head to the airport.

The group made the short road trip in a chaufeurred black Lincoln Navigator, while another Mercedes van transported their suitcases and boxes of belongings.

They arrived at the airport’s Atlantic Aviation terminal just after 5 p.m.

Source: New York Post 2/11/2014 via Sanspo 2/13/2014