More about Uehara and Lee

SARASOTA, Fla. - Koji Uehara spoke this morning about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and his attempts to reach his parents and extended family.

Speaking through interpreter Jiwon Bang, Uehara said the earthquake hit “in a different place, but there has been some damage where I live.”

“At this moment, I don’t really know all the details yet, but I am guessing that the damage will be huge, so I am worried,” he said.

Uehara has lived through major earthquakes in the past.

“All I can say is it’s really scary,” he said.

Uehara’s wife and son are in Baltimore, so he knew they were safe. He e-mailed his parents and in-laws this morning after failing to reach them via phone.

“Physically, they are fine,” he said. “The damage, the house, is still ongoing, but physically they are fine.”

Though he found comfort in knowing they’re OK, Uehara added, “but at the same time, I haven’t really spoken to them directly yet, so I am still a little worried.”

Uehara threw on flat ground yesterday while the Orioles traveled to Bradenton. Asked about his elbow, he replied, “Not as scary as the earthquake.”

Derrek Lee said his right wrist feels fine, but he won’t attempt to hit soft toss and off a tee for two or three days. He’ll take ground balls this morning.

“I feel fine,” Lee said. “We’re just taking our time, treatment and resting it. Might hit here in the next two or three days, but nothing new. Nothing was worse or anything. Just taking extra precautions to get it 100 percent.”

Lee said he’s not frustrated.

“I mean, obviously you want to be out there playing. It’s much more fun than rehab, but I’m not going to fight through anything. I’m going to get myself right so I can help this team the most that I can,” he said.

Lee also will lift weights and participate in the team stretch.

“Everything but hit,” he said. “I’ll work my way back up to getting on the field (to hit), but I don’t think it’ll be as long as before because the thumb is fine. It’s just basically making sure (the wrist) responds to hitting off the tee and soft toss, and then if it responds to that, I’m good.”

X-rays and an MRI didn’t show any structural damage.

“It’s nice to know there’s nothing wrong, which I knew, though. But it’s always nice to see it,” he said. “It’s a fact that my wrist is fine and my thumb is fine, so it’s just a matter of getting the tendinitis out.”

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