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Hanshin Tigers: Casey Fossum to throw first bullpen session on the 6th

by on Feb.04, 2010 @ 11:22 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/4/2010 12:26am JST

...Kyuji Fujikawa told reporters that he still has dreams of playing in the Majors but doesn't have any time to think about it at this point since he's committed to the Tigers for the time being.

=== 9:22pm JST

...Akinobu Mayumi told reporters on Thursday that Matt Murton was the biggest surprise (in a good way) on the team so far this Spring camp.

...Kyuji Fujikawa ended up holding a bullpen session on Thursday and threw 38 pitches to a standing catcher.

...Kenji Johjima worked on his throws to second base on Wednesday.

Johjima caught Naohisa Sugiyama, Satoru Kanemura, and Hirotaka Egusa on Thursday.

...Tomoyuki Kubota held a bullpen session on Wednesday morning and threw 60 pitches.  Later, he returned to an empty bullpen and spent about an hour and 40 minutes throwing balls into a net.

...The duo of Matt Murton and Craig Brazell could end up being called the "Coconut Boys." Reason?  Because the Tigers think they'll be able to reach the open bar Coconut Garden at Koshien Stadium.  No one has managed to hit one into the bar yet, but based on some of the shots the two have hit at Spring camp so far, it wouldn't seem to far out of reach.

=== 2/4/2010 11:22am JST

...Not to be outdone by Matt Murton, Craig Brazell hit a 160m bomb during batting practice on Wednesday and set a new record for the longest home run at Ginoza Stadium.  Overall, Brazell took 59 swings and hit 13 over the fence.

...Kenji Johjima took some soft-toss BP (116 swings) before taking 24 swings in the curveball batting cages on Wednesday.  Of the 24 swings he took in the cages, he only connected on 12 of them.  Johjima was apparently working on waiting back on the ball (hitting the ball when it in line with his bellybutton).  And as mentioned yesterday, Johjima also took some BP from the left side (25 swings).

...Tomoaki Kanemoto ran sprints for the first time on Wednesday.  Seems he's doing something extra each day -- on Monday it was hitting, Tuesday fielding, and now sprints.

...Casey Fossum is set to make his first bullpen session on the 6th.

...Kyuji Fujikawa likely won't hold a bullpen session until the second session of Spring camp (on or after the 6th).  The same goes for Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi.

...Minoru Iwata threw 151 pitches during his bullpen session on Wednesday.  Atsushi Noumi also held a bullpen session on Wednesday; he threw 101 pitches.