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Around the NPB Horn: Aoki’s surgery a success; Morino has a new number

by on Nov.06, 2009 @ 1:05 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Masahiko Morino will take on Kazuyoshi Tatsunami's uniform number 3.

The Dragons also announced the following uniforms number changes:

Kei Nomoto 30 > 9
Hiroki Nakagawa 32 >31
Mitsuru Sato 16 > 70

...The Dragons are sending head coach Shigekazu Mori to the Dominican Winter leagues to scout the talent and find another Tony Blanco.  The team is looking for a leff-handed, outfield bat for the lower portion of the order (6 or 7 hole).

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada is thinking about starting Takahiro Okada (registered as an infielder) in left field next season.

"He has some talent.  He's got a good body too.  Right now, I'm thinking left field.  He also has a pretty good glove," said Okada.

Seibu Lions

...The Lions announced that they will not re-sign Jonah Bayliss.

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks were seen taking 2-3 hops before stopping and then swinging the bat during soft toss BP.  Apparently, taking 2-3 hops before swinging help provide more stability in your batting stance.

Yakult Swallows

...Norichika Aoki's surgery was a success.