Unable to contact parents in Japan, Takashi Saito leaves Brewers camp

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Takashi Saito has been unable to get in touch with his parents in Japan following last night’s massive earthquake, so the veteran reliever has left Brewers camp after asking the team for an indefinite leave of absence.

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Saito was able to contact his wife and three children, and teammates like Prince Fielder encouraged Saito to take as much time away from the team as he needs.

Saito was born and attended college in Sendai, where the 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit.

UPDATE: Good news, via McCalvy: Saito’s family is “safe and accounted for.”

Red Sox considering using Mookie Betts at second base when World Series is in L.A.

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Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox are considering using Mookie Betts at second base when the Dodgers host Game 3, 4, and 5 of the World Series in Los Angeles. That would allow J.D. Martinez to remain in the lineup as an outfielder, since the DH rule would not be in effect.

Betts, 26, has played a bit of second base in the big leagues. He played 122 innings there in his rookie season in 2014 and played another six innings there on August 3 this year against the Yankees. Betts also entered Boston’s minor league system as a middle infielder, so it’s not like the Red Sox are asking someone completely unqualified to handle the position. Given what else we know about Mookie Betts, such as the fact he can solve a Rubik’s cube in less than two minutes and he has bowled a 300 in the Professional Bowlers Association, he is basically good at anything he decides to do.

That being said, Betts was noticeably not very productive at the plate during the ALCS against the Astros. He hit just .217 with no home runs in 25 plate appearances. The Red Sox are certainly hoping he heats up against the Dodgers.