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Yoshinobu Yamamoto to Make Dodgers Debut on Wednesday

Yoshinobu Yamamoto is reportedly expected to make his highly-anticipated Cactus League debut on Wednesday against the reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium.

Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times posted on social media about the possible appearance for the right-hander, who signed a 12-year, $325 million contract with the Dodgers this offseason.

The 25-year-old Japanese star has been impressing his teammates this spring. He threw two simulated innings on Thursday during his second live batting practice session.

He told reporters through his interpreter, Hiro Sonoda, that he was feeling good.

“I’ve been feeling good. I’m just pretending this is a real game. Probably the next step will be a real game that I throw.”

Yoshinobu Yamamoto via

He has limited any hard contact through his first couple of sessions and is looking forward to making his spring training debut.

“I’m looking forward to pitching in the Cactus League. But I’m taking this seriously and getting myself ready for the regular season.”

Yoshinobu Yamamoto via

Wednesday will be the first step toward being ready to start one of the two games in Seoul next month.

Update: The Dodgers have made the announcement official.

Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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