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Yakult Swallows: Tateyama officially named captain of the pitching staff

by on Feb.01, 2010 @ 4:48 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== UPDATE 5:06pm JST

...Masato Nakazawa held a bullpen session on Monday.  He tossed 48 pitches while mixing in some off-speed pitches.  He later told reporters that he wasn't all that happy with his session.

...It seems every pitcher managed to hold a bullpen session on Monday (except for Eulogio De La Cruz who is having troubles securing a visa).

=== UPDATE 2/1/2010 4:48pm JST

...Tony Barnette held a bullpen session on Monday.  He told reporters that he worked on making sure he was ready earlier than usual this year and that he considered himself a starter.

...Shigeru Takada considers Yoshinori Sato, Kyohei Muranaka, Hiromitsu Takagi, Yuki Tanaka, Tony Barnette, and Eulogio De La Cruz as possible options behind Masanori Ishikawa and Shohei Tateyama.  He's also hopeful that someone from Ni-gun will rise up and win a spot in the rotation as well.

...Seems Takada has declined Norichika Aoki's request to help him improve his defense.  Takada told reporters that Aoki has the tools to become as good a player as Ichiro, so long as he has the desire to be a player like Ichiro.

...Player rep Masanori Ishikawa wants to become more of a leader this season.  He's been reading a book by Konosuke Matsushita on how to become a leader.

...Pitching coach Daisuke Araki officially informed Shohei Tateyama that he was selected to be the captain of the pitching staff this year.