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Around the NPB Horn: Kazumi Saito to undergo knife

by on Jan.31, 2010 @ 11:46 am, under NPB

The Nippon Ham Fighters and the Chiba Lotte Marines led all NPB teams with 14 new players.  The Softbank Hawks added the fewest players with 6.

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Norifumi Nishimura brought 21 bottles of shochu (alcohol) with him to Okinawa.  He plans on sitting down with his players for some good old fashion nomunication (drinking while communicating).

Hanshin Tigers

...Minoru Iwata held his first bullpen of the year on Saturday and tossed 20 pitches; he also mixed in his curve, two-seamer, and slider.

...Keiji Uezono is looking to add a new change-up to his arsenal.  On Saturday, he held a 53-pitch bullpen session and threw his new change-up twice.  He first started playing around with a change-up while playing catch last year.

...Atsushi Noumi hit the batting cages for the fourth time in as many days on Saturday.  Over the 4-day period, Noumi swung the bat 400 times and practiced the bunt 400 times.

...Kodai Sakurai held his 4th BP session in as many days on Saturday.  He took 76 swings of the bat and hit 4 over the fence.

...Keiichi Hirano took BP on Saturday; he swung the bat 63 times and hit 6 out.

Hirano had been working out with Yomiuri Giant Michihiro Ogasawara and went through some fairly rigorous training that started at 9am and would run until 7pm.

...Akinobu Mayumi is excited about Matt Murton, but he's also being realistic.  He told reporters that if he doesn't hit well during Spring camp, he could have a rough go when the regular season starts, a la Kevin Mench.

...The Tigers appear to be leaning towards giving Wei-Chu Lin a try at first base during Spring camp.  They'll try to get him into as many games at first base to see how he takes to the new position.

Hiroshima Carp

...Katsuhiro Nagakawa held a bullpen session on Saturday and tossed 20 pitches with the catcher standing.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Sho Nakata closed out his training on Saturday at Total Workout and told reporters that his body was feeling great, especially his buttocks and thighs (two areas he focused on).

...Yu Darvish's wife is due to deliver their second child some time in early February.  The team appears to be willing to give him a day or two off, but it seems like he won't be taking any time off.

...Bobby Keppel and Darvish both stand at 196cm tall.

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada told reporters that he thought Alex Cabrera could hit a gym out past the left-center field wall where he'll be working out during Spring camp.  Okada added that he could end up breaking a window.  If he does, Okada will likely get the club to pay for the damages.

Cabrera arrived in Japan on Saturday.  It's the first time he has arrived in time for the start of Spring camp since his first year with the Lions.

Rakuten Eagles

...Norihiro Nakamura shaved his head in order to show how serious he is about the current season.  He also sat down with Marty Brown on Saturday to talk about getting his Chunichi Dragons' swing back.

...Katsuya Nomura's retirement doesn't seem to be having a huge effect on ticket sales -- the Eagles have sold 6,200 season tickets so far, in comparison to the 5,900 they sold last year.

Softbank Hawks

...It was decided on Sunday that Kazumi Saito will be undergoing right rotator cuff surgery on February 2nd.  It will be his third operation on his right shoulder.

Yakult Swallows

...A number of former and former Swallows' bumped into each other on Saturday at the Jingu indoor training facilities: Akinori Iwamura, Shingo Takasu, Shohei Tateyama, and Yuhei Takai.

...Tateyama plans on throwing his sinker inside to left-handed batters.

...Player rep Masanori Ishikawa suggested placing a suggestion box to the player's locker room to make it easier for younger players to speak their minds.

...Norichika Aoki asked Shigeru Takada to teach him his fielding tricks back on the 25th, but never received an answer.  He's hoping to sit down with Takada again, perhaps today, to see if he might be able to schedule a fielding session or two with him during Spring camp.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Seiichi Uchikawa plans on inviting his wife to Spring camp in Okinawa.  On Saturday, he introduced his wife to his teammates working out at Yokosuka.

Yomiuri Giants

...Tatsunori Hara, and members of the team that worked out at the Kawasaki training grounds, all arrived in Okinawa on Saturday.

...Dicky Gonzalez has apparently wants to pick up a new pitch that is 10-20km/h slower than his 130km/h change-up.  Anything to help induce more ground balls.

...Tetsuya Utsumi held a bullpen session on Saturday and tossed 29 pitches, including his new cutter (3 times).  Utsumi plans on throwing the cutter during situational BP at Spring camp.

...Atsushi Nakazato may have been released by the Chunichi Dragons, but he plans on making his onto the Ichi-gun roster with the Giants.  On Saturday, he held a bullpen session and tossed about 30 pitches.

...Yoshinobu Takahashi took BP for the fourth time in as many days on Saturday.  Takahashi plans on using a 1,100 gram training bat, soccer cleats, and special training wear during Spring camp.