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[2/16/2014] Yoshinori Tateyama, Koji Uehara, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.17, 2014 @ 1:36 am, under MLB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Masahiro Tanaka Bullpen 2/15 32 Sanspo 2/16/2014
Hiroki Kuroda Bullpen 2/15 36 Sanspo 2/16/2014

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Kyuji Fujikawa and Tsuyoshi Wada did some light workouts on the 15th that included fielding practice and running.  Wada is scheduled to toss another bullpen session on the 16th.

Source: Sponichi 2/16/2014

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Yoshinori Tateyama is scheduled to arrive in Florida on the 16th and will join workouts on the 17th due to visa delays.

Source: Sponichi 2/16/2014

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Koji Uehara arrived in Florida in the middle of the night on the 14th because of flight delays caused by snow and cold weather.  He missed pitcher workouts on the 15th, but still did some stretching, played some catch, threw the ball a max distance of about seventy meters, and tossed some pitches off a mound to a standing catcher for about two minutes.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/16/2014

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About 100 members of the media (United States and Japan) covered Masahiro Tanaka on the 15th.

Sanspo has posted portions of Tanaka's interaction with the media from the 14th and 15th.

From the 14th

Anything you will be careful of during camp?

Camp has not started yet, so I can't really say, but I do believe I will have to adjust to everything.  Not what in particular, but I think everything in general.

Did you bullpen session from the day before go as planned?

It was the first time I really threw the ball, so I think I did okay.  But it was more about getting a feel for things.

How is your communication in English going?

I can't really speak English.  But I will try to do my best to communicate with people.  Obviously, this is something I am working on.

Do you feel any jet lag?

A little.  I still get a little tired when it is early in the morning [in Japan].

Any memorable event take place in the United States yet?

The paparazzi showing up all of a sudden a number of times while I was in Manhattan.

What about in Tampa?

They were chasing my car in Tampa too.  It has been difficult.

Source: Sanspo 2/16/2014

From the 15th:

Things began with you getting a lot of attention.

I did not overdo things.  Being in this kind of situation is great for a player, but I have not proven anything on the mound yet.  I want to make sure I prepare myself for that.

What are the differences between spring training here and spring camp in Japan?

Practice times are shorter.  The one-mile run was pretty tough.

You went through the same routines as Hiroki Kuroda.

He has been doing this for a number of years in the Majors and he has managed to keep his spot in the Yankee rotation.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work out with him.  This is really a great environment.

Do you feel pressure to get out there as fast as possible and do well?

Winning will be the most important thing once I get on the mound.  Hopefully that kind of thinking will allow me to do well early on.

Source: Sanspo 2/16/2014

Tokyo Sports has also posted portions of Tanaka's interaction with the media on the 15th.

How was your bullpen session?

It was just the second time I really threw the ball, but it was better than my first session and I think it was okay, I do not think it went badly.

It didn't upset your stomach?

No, nothing like that.

What did it feel like throwing in between Hiroki Kuroda and C.C. Sabathia?

I didn't really have much time to think about that.  I knew Sabathia was behind me, but I felt like I had to hurry up and pitch.

What about differences with the ball and mound?

There are obviously differences, but I don't think I'd be able to compete if I kept thinking about those things.  There are differences, but each stadium in Japan had different mounds and the ball isn't really given me too much stress at this point.

Do you think you will be able to adjust?

This isn't really about whether I will be able to, but rather something I have to do.

The tempo seemed a bit fast, how is the pacing for you?

I was still able to carefully throw each pitch and it was an okay session, I do not think it went poorly.

How was the meeting?  Did you say anything?

I do not think it was all that different from Japan.  I did not have a chance to speak.

How are you relaxing?

I think I can relax when I have time to spend in my own room.  That was the case when I was in Japan.  I also like golf so I'd like to do some of that if I have the time.

What are you looking forward to most?

I think the thing I look forward to most is baseball.  That is why I came over here.  Everything is connected.  Hopefully I can work everything out in my head during the season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/16/2014

Tanaka's day on the 15th:

  • Players were scheduled to gather at the facilities at 9:15am for a 9:30am meeting.  Tanaka was told he could arrive at any time, so long as he made the meeting in time.  He arrived at 9:04am.
  • Tanaka showed up on the practice field wearing his training clothes at 10:47am.
  • He started off by playing catch with Hiroki Kuroda.  About five minutes later, the two began throwing in the bullpen.  GM Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi were present.  That was followed by four laps around the field.  Tanaka headed to the clubhouse to continue his workouts in the training room at around 11:30am.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/16/2014

Four Japanese companies have taken out ads at the Yankee Florida facilities: Sunstar, THK, Toshimaya, Sato Seiyaku.  Three agreed to deals after Tanaka signed.  Each company is probably paying about twenty million yen.

Source: Sponichi 2/16/2014