Ok, I just got a call back from manager Don Wakamatsu as he boarded a plane for Las Vegas.
I asked him if this was something that Ichiro had been playing with throughout the WBC or if it was a result of the WBC. And he wasn't sure because Ichiro hadn't mentioned any discomfort when he came in.
"The first sign we had was the light-headedness in the game against Milwaukee," he said. "I'm just glad we were able to catch as it as soon as we did."
Wakamatsu called the meeting with Ichiro about going on the disabled list "emotional."
"This is a guy that's never been on the disabled list and something he takes great pride in," he said. "But we had to convince him that this was the best thing for him and the best thing for this team. He did not want to not be with the team when the season opened."
Ichiro being stubborn still lobbied to play, and Wakamatsu admitted Ichiro won't be able to rest like a normal person would rest.
"It's a challenge, we're trying to get him to understand the severity of this and how important these first few days are when it comes to his recovery," he said. "This is a serious thing, and if we had misdiagnosed it or he pushes it too soon, it could be really serious."
When I mentioned if people realized the true strain that he was under in the WBC with the crushing expectations and overwhelming media scrutiny, Wakamatsu went even further.
"To me, it's just the fact that he cares that much," he said. "I don't know if people give him enough credit for how much just he much cares about playing the game, his teammates and the teams he plays on."
As for how it affects the 25-man roster, Wak didn't let on who might replace him there or in right field - those decisions will be made after Vegas, but he did say that Endy Chavez will most likely move to the lead-off spot in his place.
"Guys are just going to have to make up his production in other areas," he said.