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Mets' Igarashi thinks family in Japan are OK

New York Mets relief pitcher Ryota Igarashi reacts

New York Mets relief pitcher Ryota Igarashi reacts after he gave up a grand slam to Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa during the sixth inning of a game in Washington. (Sept. 6, 2010) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nick Wass

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi said Friday morning that he learned of the earthquake in Japan at about 2:40 a.m. when he received a call from his interpreter, Mike Peters. He spent the rest of the overnight watching reports on CNN and the Internet feed of Japanese TV network TBS.

Igarashi said he had not been able to get in touch with his parents, but was reasonably sure they were OK because of where they live in Japan. Igarashi’s wife and two children are here with him in Port St. Lucie.

“All the lines shut down and I can’t get through,” Igarashi said. “So there’s no way to get in touch directly with family. But the likelihood they are OK is high based on where they live.”

Igarashi said most of his family lives in Chiba Prefecture, about 200 miles south of the earthquake site.

“It’s pretty obvious watching the imagery on the television screen what is going on,” Igarashi said. "But to get the details of the tremors in certain areas and the damage I went to the Japanese live stream to find out."


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