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Around the NPB Horn: Buffaloes, Eagles, and Swallows

by on Oct.27, 2009 @ 10:16 am, under NPB

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada will be pushing pitchers harder during Spring camp in an attempt to move them away from Hideo Nomor's MLB teachings of saving the shoulder.

Said Okada, "1,000 - 1,500 pitchers for Spring camp isn't enough.  Kubota on the Tigers throws 3,000."

Rakuten Eagles

...Teppei started practicing on Monday after taking a day off for rest.

Said Teppei, "If I have nothing better to do, I will come and practice."

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows are trying to get Yoshinori Sato to become a switch-hitter.

"Right now when he bats left-handed, whenever he swings and missed, he puts a lot of stress on his right shoulder.  And if it's a left-handed pitcher on the mound there's a chance his right shoulder can be hit by a pitch," said pitching coach Tomohito Ito.

So it appears to be boiling down this: the team wants Sato to learn how to hit from both sides of the plate so that he can protect his right shoulder a little better.

2 comments on “Around the NPB Horn: Buffaloes, Eagles, and Swallows

  1. Moosestapha

    Kubota throws 3,000 huh? Well perhaps that has something to do with him missing the past year and a half with shoulder and elbow injuries…MAYBE.

    1. Gen Post author

      I have no idea how players from yesteryear trained, but they certainly threw a lot more pitches and innings per year.

      While I’m neither here nor there on pitch counts and resting arms, I do think that the way the MLB is babying pitchers right now is getting a little out of hand.

      Where’s the happy medium?

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