Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki is enjoying it while he can.
He’s back in Japan and sure to play at the Tokyo Dome when the Seattle Mariners face the Oakland Athletics in two games to open the Major League Baseball season next week. He’s 45 and knows it can end any moment, but if he has a grand retirement plan, he isn’t revealing it.
“This is a great gift for me,” he said, speaking through an interpreter at a Saturday news conference. “I will treasure every moment here on the field. One week after this event, I will be reflecting back on these days, so I will make sure I remember every moment here in Japan.” Yankees: Left-hander CC Sabathia threw his first simulated game Saturday since undergoing a heart procedure in December.
The 38-year-old Sabathia had a stent inserted after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart. He has had a chronic right knee problem that has required several operations.
Sabathia, who is retiring after this season, is expected to miss his first two or three regular-season starts.