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Ichiro banned from Mariners camp!

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 31, 2009 at 9:51 am with No Comments »
March 31, 2009 9:51 am

Yes, really.

A day after a light-headed Ichiro Suzuki left the Mariners game after two at-bats, complaining he was light-headed, Ichiro was ordered not to come to camp.

“He said he was just feeling run down,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “So I told him not to come in today. And he may get the day off tomorrow, too. We’ll see how he feels.”

Ichiro has played in the World Baseball Classic this spring, traveling around the world – starting in Japan – and the Mariners suspect he’s simply exhausted.

Given that, and the fact that Ichiro is always in shape and prepared to play, there was no sense of urgency to get him back on the field over the next few days.

What about Ichiro’s WBC and Mariners teammate, Kenji Johjima?

“He’s a catcher,” said Wakamatus, a former catcher himself. “He’s fine.”

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