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I dumped Saito this AM and picked up Broxton.
The reports do not sound good for Saito owners, he's going for MRI Monday and it
sounds as if he's in quite a bit of pain.
By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 13, 2008
Takashi Saito walked off the mound, shaking his dangled right arm. Then he walked off the field, his right elbow tight and future in question.
Fourteen pitches into the ninth inning of the Dodgers' eventual 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Florida Marlins on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, Saito called it a night -- and, perhaps, a career.
The Dodgers' 38-year-old closer said he felt fine recording the first two outs of the inning. But on the first pitch to the third batter, Wes Helms, Saito said that he was "hit with a sudden tightness."
That he would notice elbow tightness in a game with his adrenaline flowing, Saito said, was the first sign of trouble.
"The kind of tightness that you feel on the mound isn't a normal tightness," he said.
He threw three more pitches.
"It became gradually worse and I thought, 'This isn't tightness,' " Saito said.
What exactly it is won't be known until at least Monday, when Saito is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam.
Saito, who was an All-Star last season, had bone chips removed once over his 14-year career in Japan, but said he never felt anything like what he felt on Saturday night.
Asked about his level of concern, Saito said, "I don't know. There's nothing I can do."
Saito, who has 17 saves and a 2.18 earned-run average, has said that because of his age and injury-plagued history in Japan, he has treated every start as if it could be his last. He said he didn't want Saturday to mark his end because "I didn't help the team win."