GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Team interpreter Kenji Nimura said that his family has been unable to reach a relative living in Japan north of the area hit by Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake.
Nimura said that attempts to reach the mother of his brother-in-law have been unsuccessful as of Saturday.
"We're just hoping for the best," Nimura said.
Nimura -- fluent in English, Japanese and Spanish -- serves primarily as the interpreter for starter Hiroki Kuroda, but he also assists Spanish-speaking players and gives English lessons to several players, including top young pitching prospect Rubby De La Rosa.
Kuroda confirmed that his family in Japan is safe.