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Draft News and Notes: Futagami’s strength test comes back low

by on Dec.07, 2009 @ 12:46 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Kazuhito Futagami had his strength checked on Sunday and the results apparently came back fairly low.

Futagami conceded, saying that he didn't really spend much time in the weight room during his high school and college years, focusing more on running and throwing.

But the trainers and the Tigers are looking at this in a positive light: that Futagami was able to become a top pitcher in college despite not relying on weight training means that he could have a higher ceiling than they initially thought.

Seibu Lions

...Daisuke Matsuzaka hopes that Yusei Kikuchi will protect his throwing arm and rely on players that are older than him for advice.

Matsuzaka cautioned Kikuchi of fans that try to reach out and grab a player's arm in an effort to shake their hands.

"Fans like to shake hands with players and will pull your hands in order to do so.  Something so trivial as that could lead to a shoulder separation.  It would be such a waste of an injury," said Matsuzaka.

Over the years, Matsuzaka has learned to use his non-throwing arm to interact with fans (hand-shakes, high-fives) in an effort to decrease the probability of running into an accident that could lead to an injury.

Matsuzaka also said that Kikuchi shouldn't be afraid to approach players like Kimiyasu Kudo, Kazuhisa Ishii, and Hideaki Wakui for advice.