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Unable to contact parents in Japan, Takashi Saito leaves Brewers camp

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PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 18: Pitcher Takashi Saito #40 (C) of the Milwaukee Brewers and translator Kosuke Inaji (R) listen to pitching coach Rick Kranitz (L) during a MLB spring training practice at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 18, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Takashi Saito has been unable to get in touch with his parents in Japan following last night’s massive earthquake, so the veteran reliever has left Brewers camp after asking the team for an indefinite leave of absence.

Adam McCalvy of reports that Saito was able to contact his wife and three children, and teammates like Prince Fielder encouraged Saito to take as much time away from the team as he needs.

Saito was born and attended college in Sendai, where the 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit.

UPDATE: Good news, via McCalvy: Saito’s family is “safe and accounted for.”