A few of the big leaguers worked out today at the minor-league complex, Kei Igawa among them.
The Japanese lefty played some catch in the outfield and made his way to the bullpen. The Japanese media sprang into action but Igawa only stood there and talked with coaches Ron Guidry, Joe Kerrigan and Rich Monteleone. He will throw in the bullpen tomorrow.
Igawa spoke briefly to the New York writers. He seemed a bit shy and gave short answers to what were generally standard questions. His translator is Yumi Watanabe, who was a security guard at Yankee Stadium last season.
Igawa said the MLB baseballs are more difficult to grip than the balls he threw in Japan. He also commented on the difference in the mound. It wasn’t very exciting stuff.