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2077865 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-05-29 19:51:05.0 UTC 2009-05-29T15:51:05.000-04:00 content/iwamura-says-he-wants-stay-rays-after-rehab published 2009-12-21 05:47:20.0 UTC 2009-12-21T00:47:20.000-05:00 drupal 23625 Akinori Iwamura, left, is driven to a press conference in a golf cart by George Hensley, right, at Tropicana Field Friday May 29, 2009. Iwamura was injured during a collision at second base in Miami earlier in the week. [JAMES BORCHUCK, Times] Tampa Bay Rays 2B Akinori Iwamura hopes to return to the Rays next season after recovering from knee surgery. Iwamura is in the last year of his contract, the Rays hold a $4.85-million option for next season. Iwamura said he hopes to return to field as soon as possible, that the knee injury was the most pain he had ever been in and after reviewing video of play said "I hope this doesn't happy to any other player." Iwamura met with media Friday for first time since diagnosis of torn ACL and season ending surgery. "I'd like to express my feeling that it hurts me a lot, not only physically but mentally, that I cannot play in the field and I cannot contribute to the team," he said through translator Tateki Uchibori. "But next year, I promise that I will be back for the fans and hopefully everything works out on my side, And I'd like to get back on the field as soon as possible. It's a disappointment for me at this point, but hopefully I'll get back and show you some quality baseball." Iwamura said he doesn"t have anything to say to Florida's Chris Coghlan, who caused the injury. Iwamura said there was no way for him to avoid the contact as he was trying to turn a double play. Marc Topkin rays Akinori Iwamura Iwamura says he wants to stay with Rays after rehab templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/rays/2009/05/29/23625-iwamura-says-he-wants-stay-rays-after-rehab BlogArticle 2012-11-11 02:34:56.0 UTC 2012-11-10T21:34:56.000-05:00  Akinori IwamuraAkinori IwamuraMarc Topkin 380332 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 marc-topkin published 2013-02-18 17:30:43.0 UTC 2013-02-18T12:30:43.000-05:00 Marc Topkin <p>Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the <i>Times</i> since 1987 &mdash; from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745506 Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8801</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:topkin@tampabay.com">topkin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/">The Heater</a></p> <p>Twitter: @TBTimes_Rays</p> <div style="position: absolute; left: -40px; top: -25px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;" data-mce-bogus="1" class="mcePaste" id="_mcePaste"></div> 1 /resources/images/bio-photo/2012/topkin.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745506-marc-topkin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 2276638 2016-05-10 01:47:56.0 UTC 3 Months Ago andriese-to-stay-in-rays-rotation rays Andriese to stay in Rays rotation BlogArticle 2285010 2016-07-12 00:30:49.0 UTC 1 Month Ago fatigue-stops-alex-cobb-after-1-inning-in-2nd-rehab-start rays Fatigue stops Alex Cobb after 1 inning in 2nd rehab start BlogArticle 2280130 2016-06-03 13:24:06.0 UTC 3 Months Ago rays-matt-moore-wants-chance-to-pitch-more rays Rays' Matt Moore wants the chance to pitch more BlogArticle <p><a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/.a/6a00d83451b05569e2011570b0a0ca970b-popup" onclick="window.open( this.href, '_blank', 'width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0' ); return false" style="display: inline;"><img alt="Akinori Iwamura" class="at-xid-6a00d83451b05569e2011570b0a0ca970b " src="http://blogs.tampabay.com/.a/6a00d83451b05569e2011570b0a0ca970b-450wi" style="width: 420px;" /></a>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Akinori Iwamura, left, is driven to a press conference in a golf cart by George Hensley, right, at Tropicana Field Friday May 29, 2009. Iwamura was injured during a collision at second base in Miami earlier in the week</em>. [JAMES BORCHUCK, Times]</p> <p>Tampa Bay Rays 2B Akinori Iwamura hopes to return to the Rays next season after recovering from knee surgery. Iwamura is in the last year of his contract, the Rays hold a $4.85-million option for next season. </p> <p>Iwamura said he hopes to return to field as soon as possible, that the knee injury was the most pain he had ever been in and after reviewing video of play said &quot;I hope this doesn't happy to any other player.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;Iwamura met with media Friday for first time since diagnosis of torn ACL and season ending surgery.</p> <p>&nbsp;&quot;I'd like to express my feeling that it hurts me a lot, not only physically but mentally, that I cannot play in the field and I cannot contribute to the team,&quot; he said through translator Tateki Uchibori. &quot;But next year,&nbsp;I promise that I will be back for the fans and hopefully everything works out on my side, And I'd like to get back on the field as soon as possible. It's a disappointment for me at this point, but hopefully I'll get back and show you some quality baseball.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;Iwamura said he doesn&quot;t have anything to say to Florida's Chris Coghlan, who caused the injury. Iwamura said there was no way for him to avoid the contact as he was trying to turn a double play.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:48:49