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[2/21/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.21, 2014 @ 5:23 pm, under MLB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Yu Darvish BP 2/20 29 Sponichi 2/21/2014, Sponichi 2/21/2014
Koji Uehara Bullpen 2/20 46 Including forkball; A.J. Pierzynski caught the session.  Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014
Junichi Tazawa Bullpen 2/20 47 Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014

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Yu Darvish will pitch in an intra-squad game on the 24th.  He is also scheduled to pitch in six exhibition games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014

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Tsuyoshi Wada is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 21st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014

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Hiroki Kuroda was inspired to keep pitching by Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.  From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:

... "With Andy and Mariano gone, I'm still a year younger than Andy and a few years younger than Mariano," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "That sort of pushed me to probably go for one more year."

Kuroda turned 39 in February, and he said that the biggest thing on his mind was the age issue. He had been inspired in particular by Pettitte, who gave the Yankees 185 1/3 innings as a 41-year-old last season.

"It was encouraging for me to see a pitcher who's older than me to go out there and pitch in a rotation for a whole season," Kuroda said. "Now that he's gone, I'm really surprised. His presence was really big for me."

... Yankees manager Joe Girardi has acknowledged that he may have pushed Kuroda too hard with the club fighting to stay in playoff contention. Kuroda said that he is proud to have exceeded 200 innings in each of the last three seasons, but understands that it may be more important to finish the season strong.

Source: MLB.com 2/20/2014

Masahiro Tanaka was excused from general workouts on the 19th because he had to take care of some paperwork.  He finally made it onto the field for light workouts at around 11:06am.

Source: Sanspo 2/21/2014

Tanaka is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 21st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2014