SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the Diamondbacks signed reliever Takashi Saito to a one-year contract this offseason, they knew exactly what they were getting into. They were so aware of the 42-year-old's injury history they didnt even have him take a physical, because they knew he would probably fail it.
The Diamondbacks decided Saito was worth the risk.
"We felt that the risk wasn't that big of a risk for us," Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Monday. "We thought that his skill set and what he could bring to the club far outweighed the risk."
Saito made just 30 appearances for the Brewers last season, compiling a career low 26 23 innings. The right-hander pitched just twice in the first week of the season before going on the disabled list with the first in a string of injuries, hamstring tightness. While getting that issue worked out, Saito suffered a strained oblique.
Saito also experienced shoulder tightness while rehabbing the oblique but finally came off the disable...