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New Nats minor league signing Katsuhiko Maekawa gives the team another good left-handed option. If he makes the cut in spring training, he’ll also continue the recent trend of transforming Nationals Stadium into the most dangerous place in D.C. besides maybe the City Paper‘s upstairs parking deck. Barry Svrluga mentions Maekawa’s troubles back home; here’s last Jan. 8’s Japan Times:
Orix Buffaloes player Katsuhiko Maekawa was arrested Sunday on suspicion of involvement in a hit-and-run accident the day before while driving without a license, police said.
They said the car driven by Maekawa, 28, struck a woman on a bicycle at an intersection in Chuo Ward, Osaka, at around 2 p.m. The woman, a 28-year-old dental hygienist, suffered minor injuries to her elbows.
Maekawa reportedly got into an argument with the woman after the accident but fled the scene when a police officer asked him to produce his driver’s license.
I’ll admit, leaving the scene of an accident after damaging a dental hygienist’s elbows isn’t quite the same thing as forcing your ex-girlfriend into a chair, choking her, and demanding a kiss, but at the very least it should make Columbus, Ohio, cyclists a bit nervous.