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Ichiro goes on 15-day disabled list due to bleeding ulcer

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ulcer—a relatively rare condition for an athlete

I will believe that when I see the data, but I can see no logical reason for this as ulcers are caused by viruses and I don't believe athletes have any special immunity to viruses.

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"After effects of WBC" giving pains to Mariners.

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Mostly Japanese business people easily get suffered from ulcer by very high stress/tension over jobs, so stomach ulcer for busy serious people who hardly take day-offs is very common in Japan. Ichiro is not exception even if he is a good MBL player.

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hellokitty - only one type of ulcer is associated with bacteria. stress and diet are still factors.

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I am betting on binge drinking.

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It could be from eating his wife's curry before every game. Actually, I think it is due to STRESS. The stress of not hitting in the WBC. The stress fom the Japanese media. The stress of former Mariners' comments about how he plays. I am a fan, and I hope he gets better soon. Can't wait to see him and Jr. playing together. I'm not expecting any miracles, but I hope the Mariners do well this year.

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too much sake at Shiro's for sure. Damn I have tickets for the 15th. Oh well, hopefully Griffey doesn't pull a hamstring in warmups.

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What is it with the alcohol ? Ichiro doesn't even drink,that's what makes the beer cm's here so funny...

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HelloKitty: Not all ulcers are caused by viral infection. In fact, the majority are caused by stress leading to stomach acids constantly splashing upwards into the duodenum (also acid reflux), etc. Stomach acid is quite strong and outside the stomach can do quite a bit of damage. You ever vomited? If so, perhaps you can remember a strange feeling in your throat and teeth. People who vomit a lot, particularly when only stomach acid/bial, burn the enamel off their teeth (bulemics damage their teeth beyond repair) and run the risk of severely damaging the throat, etc. Anyway, my point is that these same acids are one of the sources of ulcers.

Anyway, as much as I loathe Ichiro, I feel sorry for him that he's under pressure to the point where he develops an ulcer. He should never have been allowed to play in the WBC, and as I have said over and over, I think from now on most big players will be denied access to WBC rosters -- if they're interested in going at all.

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Stomach ulcer takes a long time to develop. So we might imagine that Ichiro has let the steam build up inside him for some time. Its surprising all the same, since he demonstrated great accomplishments for so long. I guess Yonkers doesn't really help one's health that much.

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I've never met the guy, and I'm not a baseball fan, but what I have seen of him in the media he looks like a typical japanese high school baseball player.... that kind of arrogance has got to cause stress and ulcers...

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This is too damn funny, I mean how many samurai actually suffered from "bleeding ulcers" ? And an "I told ya so" shout out to all those posters that have been saying from the start of the WBC that the tournement puts unnecessary stress on both the mind and body. Actually leading to tons of problems later on in the Major League Baseball season. I can't help but shake my head in disbelief as Ichiro will now be sitting on the bench for weeks, and probably more as these things can flare up at anytime, while his team, Seattle, trys to put together a respectable season.

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Ichiro said through an interpreter when he arrived in Arizona.

Maybe 8 years of not being able to speak English yet caused this problem.

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