Originally posted on Ken Rosenthal Blog  |  Last updated 3/8/12
Either something was lost in the translation, or Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish already is practicing the American art of damage control. Darvish’s agent, Don Nomura, attempted on Thursday to clarify the pitcher’s comments on a booming double by the San Diego Padres’ Wil Venable the day before. Darvish, speaking through an interpreter after his spring debut for the Texas Rangers, caused a stir by appearing to dismiss Venable’s shot to center. According to Nomura, Darvish meant to say – and tweeted in Japanese - “I didn’t think he hit it that far, but he sure has lots of power.” Venable seemed taken aback when informed after the game of Darvish’s remarks, “I squared it up pretty good – he was lucky it didn’t go out.” Later, Venable added, “Wow. Maybe his perception of reality isn’t as right on . . . no comment.” Well, it turns out Darvish meant no slight, according to Nomura. -Ken Rosenthal
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