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Draft News and Notes: Kikuchi holds his third bullpen session

by on Jan.19, 2010 @ 6:42 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Saburo told reporters on Monday that he plans on taking care of Shota Ohmine once he joins the team.

Seibu Lions

...Yusei Kikuchi had his nose cauterized (using lasers) back in November of 2009 because of nosebleeds he would suffer (there were apparently times where he was having up to two really bad nosebleeds a day).

Incidentally, Kikuchi has already suffered a number of nosebleeds since the start of the year.

...Kikuchi held his third bullpen session on Tuesday.  He threw 31 pitches, all fastballs.  But he did throw some off-speed pitches during a round of catch beforehand.

...The Lions announced on Tuesday that they will register Kikuchi's name as Yusei.  Kikuchi himself said that he didn't care how it was registered since his job is to worry about pitching.

Softbank Hawks

...Hiroyuki Kawahara enjoys fishing, especially bass fishing.

...Koji Toyofuku will be using a Munenori Kawasaki model glove.  The new glove is apparently much lighter than the one he used before.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Takayuki Makka originally wanted a chance to talk to Ryo Ishikawa (pro-golfer), but changed his mind after Yusei Kikuchi had the opportunity to meet him first.  Instead, he now wants to meet Mao Asada (figure skater).

Makka tossed a bullpen session on Monday.  He threw 30 pitches to a standing catcher.