...Yomiruri Giants Seth Greisinger participated in his first BP out yesterday and faced Alex Ramirez and Edgardo Alfonzo. He threw a total of 47 pitches and gave up 6 would be hits.
"I was focused on throwing quality pitches. The fact that I was able to pitch for 10 consecutive pitches was good for me. Moving forward, I want to pitch as much as possible during the upcoming practice games," said Greisinger after his outing.
Greisinger is slated to start an intra squad game on the 23rd.
...Former Yomiuri Giants Shigeki Noguchi was set to sign a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, but failed to sign when results from his physical showed potential problems in his left elbow.
...Samurai Japan may have found their setup man and closer in Minoru Iwata and Kyuji Fujikawa, respectively. Both had solid outings during situational BP yesterday.
Fujikawa at one point struck out three consecutive batters and hit 150km/h on the radar gun.
...Yu Darvish apparently hit 152km/h on the radar gun against Ichiro during his situation BP outing.
Said Darvish, "Did I really throw that hard? Who was I pitching against? Was it Ichiro? In my mind, I was thinking I hit 143km/h. It just didn't feel like a good pitch."
This appears to have whirled up some friendly competition between Masahiro Tanaka (148km/h), Darvish (152km/h) and Matsuzaka (150km/h).
...There are four catcher's on the current roster for Samurai Japan -- Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Kenji Johjima, Shinnosuke Abe, and Toru Hosokawa. Since the team will be going with 3 catchers, one of these four will be turned away. Abe is currently recovering from a right shoulder injury and isn't quite 100% yet. Hosokawa is also recovering from an injury he suffered during the Nippon Series (right shoulder dislocation) and still needs some more work before he is 100%.
...Ichiro Suzuki is continuing to cement his place as "captain" of Samurai Japan. A lot of players look up to him and it would appear as though he loves the attention. For Ichiro, it's really all about "The Performance."
...During yesterday's visit to WBC training camp, Senichi Hoshino mentioned that he was seeing some good things from the pitchers.
"The pitchers are looking good. Especially the youngsters. Like Darvish and Tanaka. And especially Hanshin Tiger Iwata. He was really letting loose and looked good out there," said Hoshino.
...Training camp photos from February 19th (Sanspo).