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Around the NPB Horn: Eagles showing interest in Kudo?!

by on Nov.12, 2009 @ 1:26 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Kazuya Tsutsui is working on learning the shuto.

...Tomoyuki Kubota plans to start throwing bullpen sessions again, beginning 11/13.  He apparently no longer feels any pain from the bruising he received during soft toss practice on the 5th.

...Keisuke Kano spent about 30 minutes working on his throws to second from behind the plate on Wednesday.

Hiroshima Carp

...Kenjiro Nomura won his first game (albeit a practice game) in a Carp uniform.  Hiroshima beat Seibu 8-4.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Shinji Takahashi is registered as a catcher but won a Golden Glove at first base.  When asked if he wanted his position changed in the registry, Takashi said, "I like being listed as a catcher.  I think it would be a little odd if I had to catch again and was listed as an infielder."

...Yu Darvish apologizes to fans on his blog for causing a stir over his fractured finger.  There's also a picture of his wrapped up finger.

...The Fighters announced on Wednesday that they will be hold a Drug Awareness class at their Ni-gun facilities on the 13th.

Orix Buffaloes

...There's a chance Jon Leicester might return to the Buffaloes next season.  Leicester left the team on September 22nd after appearing in only 20 games in relief, but the club was still impressed with what they saw.

Someone connected to the club said, "He has some pretty good stuff and the fact that he can hit 150km/h makes him an interesting option."

Rakuten Eagles

...Ok, so now it seems the Eagles are getting in on the Kimiyasu Kudo sweepstakes.  I suppose he could be an interesting option out of the pen, but I'd much rather see the Eagles give that spot to someone younger.

Softbank Hawks

...Takahiro Mahara will likely be the closer again next season.

Yakult Swallows

...The bandages come off of Norichika Aoki's ankles on the 16th.  He's still planning to begin his training regimen before the end of the year.

...Masanori Ishikawa intends on asking Chunichi Dragons' pitcher Masahiro Yamamoto if he can train with him this off-season.

...Kenichi Matsuoka had his right elbow cleaned out on the 6th.  On the 11th, Matsuoka said that he won't rest during the off-season so that he'll be fully prepared when the 2010 season begins.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Takao Obana visited the Tokyo Dome to thank his old team for their 4 years of support.

...The Bay Stars will likely hold Obana's press conference inside of a boat called Marine Rouge.

Yomiuri Giants

...For the first time since 1973, the Giants have not scheduled any games at Hokkaido and Kyushu.

Said club president Tsunekazu Momoi, "Ever since Inter-league play began, we've been playing more games in Hokkaido and Kyushu so we decided it wasn't necessary to schedule any extra games in these areas.  This is not a sign that we are moving away from these areas."

The team will, however, be playing in Kyoto and Niigata.  To this, Momoi responded, "We considered our travel schedules and tried to pick places we usually don't play in."