Ichiro will likely be in lineup for opener in Tokyo

March 18, 2019 • By

Regardless of his struggles on the plate which have adopted him to Japan, Ichiro Suzuki will likely be within the lineup for the beginning of the MLB season Wednesday in Tokyo.

Ichiro was hitting .080 in spring coaching and went hitless in six at-bats in two exhibition video games in opposition to the Yomiuri Giants. The Seattle Mariners play the Oakland A’s Wednesday to kick off the season.

“Ichiro is going to start for us in the first games against the A’s,” supervisor Scott Servais stated, in line with the Japan Instances. “He is taking part in effective within the outfield. Clearly he confirmed loads of arm energy tonight on that one throw to 3rd base. He’ll begin the sport and we’ll see the way it performs out from there.

“I am excited for him. It hasn’t been an incredible spring coaching for him offensively, but when there’s anyone who can flip it on for a number of days, it is definitely Ichiro.”

Ichiro confirmed that he nonetheless has a giant arm at age 45 on Monday, catching a fly ball within the third inning and firing a bullet to 3rd to ensure the runner on second did not advance. The followers on the Tokyo Dome went loopy, which is not a giant shock contemplating Ichiro has carved out the perfect MLB profession of any Japanese-born participant.

Within the first recreation Sunday, Ichiro signed autographs down the third-base line earlier than the sport after which made a effective working catch up in opposition to the wall in deep proper discipline within the first inning. However the man with 3,089 MLB hits can not seem to purchase one now.

The Mariners can accommodate Ichiro with a particular 28-man roster for the Japan go to, however they are going to revert to 25 when the season resumes in america every week later.

After that, Ichiro’s future is unsure. He stepped apart early final season, quickly retiring to turn into a Mariners particular assistant.

Servais performed down the notion that Ichiro is below strain right here to get hits.

“I do not suppose Ichiro is below any strain,” Servais said Sunday. “He is definitely earned the best to partake on this sequence.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.