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[2/19/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Yu Darvish

by on Feb.19, 2014 @ 4:08 pm, under MLB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Hiroki Kuroda Bullpen 2/18 45 Brian McCann caught the session; a lot of cutters.  Nikkan Sports 2/19/2014
Masahiro Tanaka Bullpen 2/18 35 Squatting catcher; second session since the start of spring training, third since arriving in the United States; J.R. Murphy caught the session.  Sponichi 2/18/2014, Sponichi 2/18/2014
Koji Uehara Bullpen 2/18 35 Including forkball.  Sanspo 2/19/2014
Junichi Tazawa Bullpen 2/18 33 Including breaking pitches.  Sanspo 2/19/2014
Yu Darvish BP 2/18 19 Two minor-league hitters, one from the left side and one from the right; broke one bat; including breaking pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/19/2014

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Oakland Athletics' General Manager Billy Beane told reporters Hiroyuki Nakajima was not offer an invitation to spring training because there were other pitchers and position players they wanted to take a look at.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2014

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Sanspo has posted portions of Masahiro Tanaka's interaction with the media after workouts on the 17th.

You mentioned something about needing more, other than general practices.

I don't think it's really necessary to make it public, or to do stuff like that in front of everyone.  I will do the things I can during my own time.

You must feel tired after all the time you spend in an unfamiliar environment.

So far, I don't really feel that tired.

You seem a little quieter and calmer during practices, in comparison to how you were in Japan.

It doesn't make things difficult.

In terms of workouts, do you wish you could do more with the baseball?

Not really.  I feel I am getting enough.

Yoshinori Tateyama joined camp.

We spoke a little.  He asked if I was getting used to things.

You would be tossing bullpen sessions if you were in Japan right now, but since you're throwing less now, is there something you're focusing on?

Not really.  I am just doing things as I usually do.

Source: Sanspo 2/19/2014

Momoiro Clover Z's Ikuze! Kaito Shojo was played in the weight training room before general workouts on the 17th.  Team staff knew Tanaka was a MomoClo fan and searched YouTube for the music.

Source: Sanspo 2/19/2014