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Akinori Iwamura begins training

by on Jan.10, 2010 @ 3:56 pm, under MLB

Akinori Iwamura started his training on Saturday at Botchan Stadium in Ehima prefecture.  The Pittsburgh Pirates dispatched conditioning coordinator Kiyoshi Momose and assistant trainer / interpreter Toshi Nagahara to work with him.

Iwamura worked out for about 2 hours under the supervision of both Momose and Nagahara.  His training included fielding practice and about 150 cuts in the batting cages.

Momose will return to the US on the 11th to inform the Pirates of Iwamura's condition.  On the 13th, Iwamura and Nagahara will head to Okinawa for 2 weeks of training.