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Red Sox extend spring training invitation to Japanese independent league pitcher Hideyoshi Otake

01.10.14 at 11:29 pm ET

A major league source confirmed that the Red Sox have invited Japanese right-hander Hideyoshi Otake to their minor league spring training. Otake, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound reliever, spent last year pitching in Japan’s independent Baseball Challenge League, recording 17 saves while punching out 47 and walking 16 in 44 1/3 innings with a 2.23 ERA.

The Baseball Challenge League first announced the invitation in a press release (hat-tip yakyubaka.com). According to Joon Lee of MLB Daily Dish, Otake throws up to 94 mph.

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