Nimura unable to reach relative in Japan

Nimura unable to reach relative in Japan

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.