The St. Louis Cardinals reassigned C Tony Cruz, C Luis De La Cruz, 3B David Freese, LHP Brad Furnish, RHP Shaun Garceau, RHP Tyler Herron, C Steven Hill, C Justin Knoedler, LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa, LHP Ian Ostlund, RHP Francisco Samuel and 3B Brett Wallace to minor league camp.
The St. Louis Cardinals invited LHP Brad Furnish, RHP Shaun Garceau and LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa to spring training.
The St. Louis Cardinals invited LHP Brad Furnish, RHP Shaun Garceau and LHP Kat Maekawa to spring training.
The Sports Xchange reports Nationals P Katsuhiko Maekawa, who signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, had his visa request denied and remains in Japan. The reliever has been dealing with legal troubles stemming from a hit-and-run accident several years ago, and Nationals officials believe that has played a role in the delay in his arrival in the United States.
According to The Sports Xchange, LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa, who signed a minor league contract with the Nationals, will have an outside shot at making the club's Opening Day roster. Maekawa was given an invitation to big-league camp this spring, but the 29-year-old will have to show improvement. His last full season in Japan was 2006, when he went 1-7 with a 5.26 ERA for Orix. He then missed 2007 while battling legal problems stemming from a hit-and-run accident in Japan.