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Draft News and Notes: Toru Hosokawa catches Kikuchi for the first time

by on Jan.26, 2010 @ 1:47 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Monday was the last day of rookie mini camp.

Takashi Ogino is still nursing an injury to the big toe on his right foot and worked on a training menu separate from the rest of the rookies, but is still hopeful that he'll be ready for Spring camp.

Shota Ohmine only took part in 3 days of mini camp and is looking forward to Spring camp.

Seibu Lions

...Yusei Kikuchi tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session (2nd consecutive in as many days) with Toru Hosokawa standing behind the plate; it was the first time Hosokawa caught Kikuchi.

Kikuchi only threw fastballs and said that he threw at about 30-40% capacity.

Hosokawa told reporters that he thought Kikuchi looked a little tired and that his mechanics were a little off.

Softbank Hawks

...Koji Akiyama dropped by rookie mini camp at about 9:30am on Monday and spent about 5 and a half hours checking on his prospects.