WAILUKU - Eri Yoshida, a 19-year-old knuckleball pitcher from Japan, will not play today for Na Koa Ikaika Maui.
Na Koa vice president Bob Elder said during the fifth inning of Friday's game against the Calgary Vipers that North American League commissioner Kevin Outcalt and Maui owner Bob Young had just gotten off the phone discussing a contract for the woman nicknamed the "Knuckle Princess," and her arrival on the Valley Isle.
"She won't be here (today), but it's just a matter of working out a couple of things," Elder said. "We apologize for the inconvenience."
Eri Yoshida appeared in eight games with the Chico Outlaws last season.
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Elder said Yoshida should be on Maui in the next few days.
The team announced last week it had agreed to terms with Yoshida, and that she was scheduled to start today and July 16 at Maehara Stadium.
"I don't really know when she is going to show up because I think they had some problems in the negotiations, so as far as I know right now I don't know when she is coming," Maui manager Garry Templeton said earlier Friday.
After Na Koa announced last week that Yoshida would join their roster, her current team, Samurai All-Japan, said on its website that the 5-foot-1 pitcher would not be changing squads.
Na Koa's programs for their current nine-game series against the Vipers have a page in them welcoming Yoshida and promoting a start today. The programs were passed out during the first game of the series on Monday, but have not been distributed since.
Templeton managed Yoshida for eight starts with the Chico Outlaws last season in the Golden Baseball League when she compiled an 0-4 record with a 12.27 ERA.
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