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Nippon Ham Fighters: Darvish goes back to throwing from the set position

by on Feb.02, 2010 @ 9:16 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 8:33pm JST

...Buddy Carlyle and Bob Keppel tossed bullpen sessions on Tuesday.  They both threw about 40 pitches.

...Masayoshi Kato stayed after general practice to take part in situational fielding practice.

Masataka Nashida assessment of Kato: He has a steady arm and he's got a compact stroke.

=== 4:53pm JST

...Yu Darvish dropped about 4kg of muscle over the off-season.  Seems he's currently trying to figure out what kind of body works best for him.  He told reporters on Monday that in his current state, he's having a much easier time throwing the ball, but isn't sure how it'll work out during the course of the season.

...Masanori Hayashi held a surprise bullpen session on Monday.

...Nikkan Sports reports that Sho Nakata appears to be taking his training a lot more seriously this Spring camp and is pushing himself to do more.  Nakata seemed pleased with his own improvements, but the people around him weren't all that impressed -- at least not yet.

After extra fielding practice in the outfield, OF coach Masaji Shimizu said Nakata looked like an amateur.  Darvish opined by saying that players with potential are a dime a dozen and that Nakata had to be stronger emotionally and mentally to make it.

When Nakata was told about what Darvish said, he quipped, "I don't need anyone to tell me that."

On Tuesday, Nakata worked out in left field during situational fielding practice.  He didn't make any glaring errors and showed off a fairly strong arm.  Afterward he told reporters that his body was feeling tight from the extra practice he did on Monday.

...Masataka Nashida worked with Shota Ono on his catching skills on Monday.

=== 2/2/2010 9:16am JST

...Of the 45 pitches Yu Darvish threw on Monday, the last 39 came from the set position and included the curve and change.  Darvish told reporters that he couldn't throw well from the no wind-up position and switched over to the set position instead.  It also seems like he won't be using the no wind-up position anymore.

...Sho Nakata took 39 swings of the bat during BP on Monday and hit 14 that apparently looked like hits.