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Around the NPB Horn: Norichika Aoki goes under the knife today

by on Nov.05, 2009 @ 12:15 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

...Tatsuyuki Uemoto spent some time behind the plate and at first this past season.  And now during Fall camp, he's working on playing left field.

Said Hisanobu Watanabe, "He played some third at Ni-gun.  If he can also play the outfield, his chances to get into games will only increase."

Yuya Tazawa, a pitcher, is working on becoming a position player.

Hanshin Tigers

...Yusuke Takahashi has been demoted to Ikusei player status.  Takahashi was a 7th round draft pick in 2005 and has yet to make an appearance at Ichi-gun.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows announced that Norichika Aoki checked into an area hospital on Wednesday in preparation for his surgery today (11/5).  After the surgery, Aoki will likely spend the first 2-3 days getting back onto his feet and starting up his rehab program.  If everything goes well, he should be allowed to leave the hospital in about a week.