"It always feels good to play in games, it's not like I haven't been playing all winter."
"I wanted to play. It was something that was chosen for me to do," said Ichiro. "Especially because I had a strong feeling that this team is a young team and I wanted to start the season with them." --in regards to being put on the DL
Ichiro was asked if his ulcer remained an issue
"It if was, I wouldn't be playing."