Tazawa’s ability to throw strikes makes him a good candidate to pitch in the eighth inning. Andrew Bailey and Koji Uehara could fill that role, too. Daniel Bard, who held that job in 2011, would like it back.
“There are a lot of big arms in this bullpen,” closer Joel Hanrahan said. “I’ve only seen Taz throw a few times but everybody seems to be talking about him.”
Rodriguez, who ruined Tazawa’s debut, faced him on five occasions last season. He was hitless and struck out three times. The new Tazawa has way of doing that.