. It is normal to think that the 44-years-old legend, Ichiro Suzuki, will not be totally ready to feature on the Opening Day's roster for the Seattle Mariners after a sore calf has slowed him down during this Spring Training and being hit by in the head by a pitch to the head last Friday.
But if everything goes well and as expected, the Japanese will be able to make it into the Opening Day and will not begin the season in the disabled list, according to the Mariners' manager, Scott Servais.
Servais spoke with Greg Johns from MLB.com and said that he hopes that Ichiro's experience will help him to get this through:
"But I'm still very hopeful that Ichi will be fine and we'll get him in a couple games here (in Arizona). It's not like he hasn't been in many Major League games, but the big thing is the health and hopefully he's good to go. He will stay with us and hopefully play a bunch in the last couple games.
Against all odds, Ichiro signed a Major League's deal during this offseason, as his beloved Seattle Mariners agreed with him on a one-year deal and $750 K.
Ichiro Suzuki is regarded as one of the best hitters in MLB history. After a brilliant career in the Japanese League, averaging .353 and 1,278 hits in 951 games in the Far East.
He arrived at the MLB in 2001 with the Mariners, where he played until 2012. In his debut season in Seattle, he won the AL Rookie of the year and the MVP. Also, in 2004 he broke the single season hits record, notching 262 that season. After leaving Seattle, he played for the Yankees and for the Marlins.