More Spring Training updates

Reporter Amalie Benjamin spoke with reliever Hideki Okajima, and he’s hinted that he worked on some new pitches this off-season to add to his arsenal. He playfully said that what he’s working on is a secret, but pitching coach John Farrell has said that at least one thing he’s playing with is a two-seam fastball. There has been some fear that once opposing hitters figured out the “Oke-doke” (split-finger fastball), Okajima would be far less effective this time through the league.

Probably of more concern is the fatigue Okajima and countryman Daisuke Matsuzaka experienced last season. The MLB season is just a lot longer with a lot more traveling than the Japan League, and it took its toll on both of them last year. Okajima plans to combat that by limiting his throwing outside of games, especially early in the year. We’ll see how this all shakes out in 2008.


One Response to More Spring Training updates

  1. Pat says:

    I like the idea of Hideki changing things up for 2008. I am a little concerned about his effectiveness as players get used to his funky delivery.

    Assuming he does perform similarly to last year, our entire pitching staff looks better going into ’08, with the big exception being Shilling. I think it will be a pleasure watching how the Japanese duo adjust to another year in the states.

    I think RSN is buzzing with excitement about this year, and for good reason.

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