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Hanshin Tigers: Johjima catches Ando, Noumi, and Uezono on first day of camp

by on Feb.02, 2010 @ 7:54 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 10:17pm JST

...Kenji Johjima caught Minoru Iwata's 41-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.  Iwata mixed in his slider and his cutter.  It was about a year ago that the two played side-by-side at the WBC.

...According to Sponichi, Randy Messenger threw 40 pitches during his bullpen session.  Seems the Tigers were generally impressed with his outing.

...Matt Murton took 67 swings during BP and hit 13 over the fence.

=== 3:57pm JST

...Randy Messenger tossed a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.  He also threw his slider and change.

...Norihiro Akahoshi would like to continue contributing to the Tigers whenever possible and plans to extend his help to anyone that asks.

...Shinjiro Hiyama was diagnosed with conjunctivitis in his right eye on Monday and worked out under a separate training menu that including some running and sprints.  Hiyama went to the hospital in the morning to have his eye checked and was cleared to practice since it wasn't serious and wasn't contagious.

=== 12:43pm JST

...Akinobu Mayumi spent about 40 minutes hitting grounders on Monday.

...Randy Messenger could hold a bullpen session as early as Tuesday (2/2). Casey Fossum will likely wait until the second session to hold a bullpen session.

...Kyuji Fujikawa didn't hold a bullpen session on Monday and instead worked on strength training exercises.

...Kodai Sakurai took 176 swings of the bat on Monday and hit 35 out.

...Akihiro Yano told reporters that he felt fine after practice on Monday.  The training menu on the first day included playing some catch and being a bullpen catcher for Hirotaka Egusa.

...Sanspo mentioned Takashi Toritani took 168 swings of the bat and hit 32 out.  Wei-Chu Lin took 183 swings and hit 6 over the fence.

...Takahiro Arai selected a 940 gram bat to use during practice on Monday.  He also broke in a new glove.

=== 2/2/2010 7:54am JST

...Kenji Johjima caught Yuya Ando (29 pitches), Atsushi Noumi (46 pitches), and Keiji Uezono (66 pitches) on Monday.  Johjima was also seen taking notes on each of the pitchers he caught.

Sanspo is also carrying an interview with Johjima.  Here are some of the more interesting quotes:

You spoke to the pitchers you caught...

I wanted to confirm pitch movements and pitch types.  I also wanted them to tell me the order in which they ranked their pitches.  It could be a problem if there was a difference between what I saw and what they said.  This is very important.  Calling games is much easier if you know the order of which pitches they are most confident in.  The more you catch a pitcher, the more interesting things get.  This was just the first step in that.

You took notes...

It's to get the information stored in my head.  I tend to remember things when I write them down.  It's a habit.  It also helps to have them around in case I don't remember.  It's not a very good thing to have to ask twice.  When you're out on the field, there is no senpai or kohai (hierarchy).

...Matt Murton first took about 40 swings during soft toss BP that included tosses thrown up chest high, in the middle, and down below his knees.  He then hit the cages and took 84 swings.

Giants' advance scout Kazuya Tabata took a peak at Matt Murton during BP and offered the following report on him:

He has a short compact swing.  He stays centered.  It looks like he'll hit for average.  He has good pop.  He reminds me of Greg LaRocca (ORIX).

Murton later told reporters that Japanese practices were longer, but that he thought they were good for him.

...For the first time in two years, Tomoaki Kanemoto hit the batting cages on the first day of Spring camp; he took 68 swings.  Kanemoto originally wasn't scheduled for batting practice.

Kanemoto couldn't take BP on the first day of camp in 2008 and 2009 because of knee surgery.

...Takashi Toritani took 173 swings of the bat on Monday.  Johjima managed to watch some of his BP and told reporters he saw a lot of improvement.  Johjima first saw Toritani back in the summer 2003 when Toritani worked out with Daiei.

...Shunsuke Fujikawa workout on Monday included BP and base-running practice.  And for base-running practice, he also had a chance to study video of various pitchers to check for patterns on when to run.

...As mention up above, Noumi tossed a 46-pitch bullpen session (all fastball).  But that doesn't include the 19 pitches he threw with Johjima standing (sliders and change-ups mixed in).

...The Tigers are hoping that Takumi Akiyama develops into a pitcher like Kei Igawa.  Akiyama tossed a 40-pitch bullpen session on Monday.

...Johjima played some mahjong with Hirotaka Egusa and Kazuya Tsutsui a day before arriving in Okinawa.