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Saito gets good news about family in Japan

After several tense hours, former Dodger pitcher Takashi Saito has managed to account for all of his family members following Friday's deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Saito's family lives outside Sendai, the northern coastal city that was among the hardest hit by the disaster. The pitcher, now with the Milwaukee Brewers, was in contact with his wife and knew she and the couple's three children were safe.  But it wasn't until Friday afternoon, more than 12 hours after the quake hit, that Saito reached an uncle who told him the rest of his immediate family was safe.

Saito was given permission to leave the Brewers' camp Friday. He is scheduled to pitch Saturday but the Brewers said they may skip his turn.

-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.

Former Dodger Takashi Saito can't locate parents following quake

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Former Dodger pitcher Takashi Saito has been granted an indefinite leave of absence by the Milwaukee Brewers to deal with personal issues following the deadly earthquake that rocked Japan on Friday.

Brewers officials said Saito has talked by phone to his wife and three children in Japan but he has been unable to reach his parents. Saito was born and attended school in Sendai, the Japanese city closest to the epicenter of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake

A number of teammates, including first baseman Prince Fielder, approached Saito and encouraged him to leave camp for as long as he needs to be away, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.

-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.
Photo: Takashi Saito. Credit: Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press
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