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Around the NPB Horn: Kurihara works on his defense

by on Oct.28, 2009 @ 3:48 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Satoru Kanemura has decided not to exercise his FA option.

"I'd like to use my FA option at least once, but I think I want to wait a little longer and work a bit harder before I do. ... I'd like to use Spring camp and the exhibition games to try and work [my way back to the rotation].  But if they need me in the bullpen, that's fine as well," said Kanemura.

...Kentaro Sekimoto will focus on getting the adductor muscle in his right leg completely healed this off-season.  As of now, there is no schedule on when he will be able to resume practice on the field.

Hiroshima Carp

...Kenta Kurihara worked primarily on his defense earlier today (10/28).  Kenjiro Nomura worked with Kurihara and checked on his glove work and foot work.

Afterward, Kurihara worked on shagging fly balls.

Yakult Swallows

...Noriyuki Shiroishi retired after the season and will return to the Swallows as an Ichi-gun infield / base running coach.  Current Ichi-gun infield / base running coach Katsuyuki Dobashi was reassigned to be the team's Ni-gun infield / base running coach.

It was also reported that conditioning coach Takayuki Nagata will not be returning next season.

Others

...15,795 people submitted their names for a shot at getting tickets to the 2009 Amateur Draft.  Only one problem...  There are only 1,000 tickets available.