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[2/15/2014] Yu Darvish, Kyuji Fujikawa, Shunsuke Watanabe, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.16, 2014 @ 3:07 am, under MLB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/14 35 Sanspo 2/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2014
Yu Darvish Bullpen 2/14 22 Sanspo 2/15/2014Nikkan Sports 2/15/2014


Kyuji Fujikawa played some catch on the 14th.  He did some long toss at a distance of about forty meters.  He also threw ten baseballs at a distance of about eighteen meters with his catch partner squatting.

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2014


On Shunsuke Watanabe's bullpen session on the 13th, from the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham:

... Manager John Farrell, bullpen coach Dana Levangie, assistant general manager Mike Hazen and about a dozen players gathered to watch Watanabe throw to Ryan Lavarnway.

"He'll be tough to hit the first time somebody sees him," Lavarnway said. "It wasn't tough to catch because I knew what he was throwing. But the angle is completely different."

... Watanabe was guaranteed at least four appearances in spring training games, so he'll get a chance to see what that unusual delivery can do against major league hitters.

Source: Boston.com 2/13/2014


Masahiro Tanaka was assigned Mariano Rivera's old locker at Steinbrenner Field.  That and a few other notes from the New York Posts' Dan Martin:

As if the hype surrounding Masahiro Tanaka weren’t cranked high enough, now the Japanese pitcher has been given Mariano Rivera’s old locker at Steinbrenner Field.

When a staff member informed him of the move, Tanaka said he wasn’t sure he belonged there.

... “I’m very honored to get all the attention, but I need to go out and perform,” Tanaka said through a translator.

... “I want to learn the way to do it over here,” Tanaka said. “And not go about it the Japanese way of doing it.”

Source: New York Post 2/14/2014

Tanaka played catch with Hiroki Kuroda on the 15th before tossing a bullpen session in between Kuroda and C.C. Sabathia.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2014

Toshimaya took out an outfield wall ad for Hato Sabure at Field 2.

Source: Daily Sports 2/16/2014, Sponichi 2/15/2014