Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 2/24/12
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It was a relatively quiet day on the Yu Darvish front for the Texas Rangers. There were no Darvish-related press conferences as the Japanese right-hander did not get up on a mound and throw during the team's practice. He's scheduled to do that again Saturday. The Japanese media did follow Darvish through his workouts, with the highlight being him working on his bunting along with the other Texas pitchers. Texas Rangers first base coach Gary Pettis, who works with the team on bunted, said Darvish was one of the better bunters along with the team's two other Japanese pitchers -- Koji Uehara and Yoshinori Tateyama. Darvish did swing the bat some in Japan, collecting four hits in 30 career at-bats. The only press conference Friday did include some Darvish talk, as Josh Hamilton talked about the possibility of facing Darvish later this spring when he could square off against Darvish in batting practice. "I haven't seen him throw yet but I'm sure that will happen soon," Hamilton said. "I'm excited about it, ready to go up and maybe take some hacks against him. See which one of the seven pitches I'm going to have a chance to hit." Hamilton also said that Darvish may also face a little hazing, as he is a rookie in the majors. One pitcher normally has to carry a pink backpack to the bullpen and all rookies normally have to dress up at some point in the year. Even though Darvish has a 60-million deal, he won't be immune. "He's going to have to do the normal stuff, nothing crazy," Hamilton said. "He'll have to carry a little Dora the Explorer (backpack) or princess to the pen maybe a couple of times. A little dress-up action, rookie dress up. We'll have the whole season to figure it out. It's going to be good though."
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