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Around the NPB Horn: Buffaloes to open up Fall camp to public viewing; Aoki to go under the knife?

by on Oct.21, 2009 @ 12:43 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines announced that they will be making changes to their road uniforms for the 2010 season.  According to the articles I've read, it seems they'll be moving away from the gradation concept and go with what seems like a solid blue.

Hanshin Tigers

...Atsushi Fujimoto earned his FA option this season but the Tigers will likely try to get him to stay.

Hiroshima Carp

...Tomohiro Umetsu will be riding his bicycle to work, starting in November, to help build up his lower body as he makes his way back from a right shoulder injury.  Uemtsu live about 15km away from the practice field and will spend about a 3 hours a day cycling back and forth between him home and the field.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters announced on Tuesday that the team will be heading out to Hawaii to celebrate their Pacific League Championship.

Europe, Florida, and Las Vegas were other possible destinations for the team.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes announced that they will open up their Fall camp to fans that want to watch, for free.

"We have a new manager and this will give the fans a chance to see him at work," commented a club rep.

Fall camp begins on 10/24 and the club will be working out at both Skymark Stadium and Kobe Sub Stadium this fall.

Yakult Swallows

...Norichika Aoki is thinking about having surgery on his right ankle during the off-season.

Aoki complained of pain in his right ankle during a game on June 21st against the Seibu Lions.  He later went to the hospital to have the ankle checked out and the doctors found a supernumerary bone that was causing the pain.

Said Aoki, "The supernumerary bone in my right ankle caused pain in my Achilles, calf, and knee.  So I'm thinking about having it removed via surgery."

If there are no complications with the surgery, Aoki should be back on his feet in about a month.

...All 5 players diagnosed with the swine flu were left behind in Nagoya.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Yuya Ishii and Shigeki Ushida were diagnosed with the swine flu virus on Tuesday (10/20).