Ichiro Suzuki as a pitcher?


Ichiro Suzuki is known for his bat and his defense in the outfield, so you have to admit it’s kind of shocking to hear Ichiro has experience as a pitcher, a relief pitcher nonetheless. If anything, he kind of wished the 13-inning game against the Chicago Cubs went further so he could of had the chance to pitch, especially since the Yankees used everyone on the roster.

“I would be happy to help if they need me,” Ichiro said.

Ichiro actually has quite the arsenal to be a relief pitcher, and the last time he pitched in relief was during the 1996 Japan All-Star Game. So what pitches does Ichiro know how to throw?

“Fastball and slider,” he said with pride. “But like all Japanese pitchers, the splitter is my bread and butter.”

Joe Girardi has seen Ichiro pitch–on video at least–and he admits he would give Ichiro a shot should the need arise.

“I’ll definitely ask him if he can do it,” Girardi said. “It looks like he has pretty good stuff.”

Sorry Dean Anna, it looks like Ichiro’s the new emergency pitcher if the Yankees need one. Oh man, now I actually want to see Ichiro on the mound. That would make the news in both the United States and in Japan!

Some Notes

— Here’s a little bit of minor league news for you today: Austin Romine has been activated from the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders disabled list after recovering from a thumb injury. For an interesting corresponding move, Nik Turley and Chris Leroux were moved from the Staten Island Yankees DL to the Scranton DL.

Carlos Beltran will swing a bat on Monday to see if he needs surgery to remove the bone spurs in his elbow. There was speculation the Yankees could go after Kendrys Morales but he seems to be on other teams agendas, like the Texas Rangers, who are left without Prince Fielder for the remainder of the season.

— Not many new stats after yesterday’s game, but I did find one on Derek Jeter, so here’s your shortened version of the “stat pack” notes.

1) With his run scored in Thursday’s win at Chicago-AL, SS Derek Jeter now has 1,888 career runs, tying Lou Gehrig for second place on the Yankees’ all-time list (Babe Ruth is first with 1,958R) and 10th on Major League Baseball’s all-time list (Alex Rodriguez is ninth with 1,919R).

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