The 15-second rule was called against Kyuji Fujikawa today during a practice game between the Hanshin Tigers and Ham Fighters earlier today. Fujikawa entered the game in the second retired the first batter he face. But with the count 2-0 against the number 5 hitter Jason Botts, the plate ump called ball 3. Fujikawa ended up walking Botts and giving up a hit to the next hitter. But he was able to retire the next two batters to get out of a 1-out, 2-on jam.
Fujikawa a little surprised at the 15-second rule getting called
...Aarom Baldiris (Hanshin Tigers) was diagnosed with tendinitis in the left wrist. Wonder if the crazy bat tossing practice had anything to do with it.
Baldiris began feeling pain in the wrist during practice on the 10th and was taken to a hospital for tests on the 11th. He'll be joining the Ni-gun training group while he recuperates. He'll focus primarily on running and throwing and won't be allowed to swing a bat for at least a week.
...Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri Giants) tossed 207 pitches in his bullpen session earlier today.
...More on Atsuya Furuta's visit to Seibu training camp: he caught Hideaki Wakui and Takayuki Kishi in the bullpen today.
Furuta with his Swallows' gear on at Seibu training camp
"Both of them have some great pitches. I've seen a lot of curves in my career, but Kishi has one of the best," said Furuta.
(There are a few more images of Furuta at the link up above.)
...Training camp photos from February 11th (Sanspo).