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[2/17/2014] Yu Darvish, Shunsuke Watanabe, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.17, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under MLB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Yu Darvish Bullpen 2/16 34 Second session; including breaking pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/16 33  Threw everything except cutter.  Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

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Yu Darvish told reporters he had discomfort in his hips until early January and that it did not fully go away until he went to Hawaii in February.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

ESPN's Richard Durrett has a bit more:

... Darvish told the Japanese reporters shortly after his 34-pitch bullpen session -- his first of spring training and ninth this offseason -- that his trainer recommended he quit lifting heavy weights and that the hip felt better starting in mid-January.

Darvish said he trained mostly in Japan this offseason, but did spend some time in Hawaii and that the warm weather also helped him physically. He was given an injection right after the season for pain in his back, but reports shortly after that were that his back felt better.

Source: ESPN 2/16/2014

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Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa played some catch and did some long toss on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe was assigned the number thirty-one.  He posted a photo of his jersey on his blog.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

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Norichika Aoki made his way to Arizona from Los Angeles on the 15th and worked out at the Royals' spring training facilities on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

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Munenori Kawasaki has been working out at the Blue Jay's spring training facilities.  His locker is next to Tomo Ohka's.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

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Workouts for Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka on the 16th were mostly centered around fielding drills.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014

Joe Girardi told reporters on the 16th that he heard Yoshinori Tateyama was going to start workouts on the 17th.

Source: Sanpso 2/17/2014

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Sanspo has posted addition more of Tanaka's interaction with the media from the 15th.

Your first day is done.  How different are things compared to Japan?

In general, practice times are shorter.

GM Brian Cashman mentioned he considered you the team's third starter.

Once you get on the mound, it no longer matter where you pitch in the rotation.  I just want to think about winning when I take the mound.  I do not care where I pitch in the rotation.

How different are the balls and mound?

There are obviously differences, but I will never be able to pitch if I keep on talking about those things.  There are even differences in mound heights from stadium to stadium in Japan.  Right now, those things aren't really stressing me out.

Will you be able to adjust?

I have to.

How do you relax?

I like to relax in my own room, that was the case in Japan too.  I also like golf, so if I can get some time in here, that would be nice.

Were you embarrassed to change in a clubhouse full of reporters?

I just changed as I normally do today.  If people want to watch, feel free.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014

According to a report by ZakZak, Tanaka did not apply for an international drivers license and is relying on his PR assistant, Yoshiki Sato, to drive him around.  He apparently does not like driving.

Source: ZakZak 2/17/2014

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Hideki Matsui is scheduled to join the Yankees as a special spring training instructor on the 20th.  Matsui left for New York out of Narita Airport on the 17th.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014