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Hanshin Tigers: Day Off / Messenger to pitch against Fighters on 2/13

by on Feb.05, 2010 @ 3:33 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 10:10pm JST

...Akinobu Mayumi told reporters that there probably won't be any promotions or demotions during Spring camp in Okinawa.  There may be some once they move to Kochi on the 20th.  That's when "Survival Camp" begins.

Mayumi spent his day off playing golf.

...The three rookies at Ichi-gun camp spent their day off working outKazuhito Futagami and Masanori Fujihara played catch while Shunusuke Fujikawa spent some time in the batting cages.  Kenji Johjima has yet to catch Fujihara.

They also dropped by the Ryukyu Village shrine to pray for a success season.

...Keisuke Kano, Takashi Shimizu, Yamato Maeda, Hiroki Uemoto, Kohei Shibata, and Masashi Nohara also worked out on their day off.

=== 2/5/2010 3:33pm JST

...Kenji Johjima caught 12 pitchers in 4 days (about 669 pitches).

...Johjima still has a number of things he wants to accomplish before re-joining the rest of the team of practice.  Seems there are still a number of pitchers he hasn't caught yet and a number of things he couldn't do because of the weather.  Johjima managed to convince the team to give him an extra day to work things out.  He'll join the rest of the team of practice beginning the second day of the second session.

...Matt Murton showed off his arm during fielding practice on Thursday by making strong throws to the catcher and to the cut-off man.  At on point, he had to be reminded not to do too much too quickly.

Murton also took 73 swings during BP and hit 8 over the fence.  But it seems he wasn't too happy with the outing and spent quite a bit of time working on his swing after that -- he had two sessions of soft toss BP and also hit the cages.

...Takashi Toritani took 106 swings of the bat during BP on Thursday and hit 23 over the fence.  Toritani is trying to put more hip into his swing to generate more power.  His goal this season is to bat .300 and hit 30 home runs (he hit a career high 20 HRs last season).

Toritani actually started focusing on his hips more partway through the 2009 season and noticed that his numbers improved: before focusing on his hips and lower body, he batted .252 with 7 home runs and 36 RBI; after focusing on his hips, .333 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs.

...Masanori Fujihara threw 95 pitches during his bullpen session on Thursday; Kasuhito Futagami threw 101.  The two will likely get their chances to work as BP pitchers during the second session.

...Randy Messenger held his second bullpen session on Thursday and threw 42 pitches.  It seems he'll also make an appearance during a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on 2/13.  Messenger will also work as BP pitcher on Saturday.

...Satoru Kanemura threw 54 pitches during his bullpen session on Thursday with Johjima behind the plate.  Johjima wasn't entirely impressed with the session and told Kanemura that he needs to work on improving his fastball (not speed, but quality) to complement his off-speed pitches.

...Seems Kyuji Fujikawa asked the club about getting posted during the current off-season.  But now that he's re-signed a contract with the team, he's focused on playing in Japan this year.