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Nippon Ham Fighters: Nakata gets hit in the helmet

by on Feb.07, 2010 @ 9:24 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 8:34pm JST

...The team held practice indoors on Sunday due to the rain.

...Hichori Morimoto worked out under a separate menu again on Sunday.  Morimoto complained of tightness in his lower back on the 2/3 and has been training apart from the rest of the team.  There is no set date for when he'll be able to re-join the rest of the team for general practice.

...Masanori Hayashi threw 74 pitches during a bullpen session on Sunday.  Hayashi is also making a minor change to his delivery: he's trying not to cock his arm quite as much.  Hayashi is currently vying for a spot in the starting rotation.

...Masayoshi Kato and Takahiro Imanami took part in early morning fielding practice on Sunday.  The two showed up at the secondary field and took about 30 minutes of extra grounders.

...13 Fighters took part in the baseball clinic on Sunday for little leaguers.  14 teams and about 140 kids attended.

...Sho Nakata got a new helmet after his old one cracked on Saturday.  He had been using the old helmet since his first year with the Fighters.

During BP after the incident, Nakata took 40 swings (which includes the 19 swings he took against Itokazu) and hit 8 over the fence.

...Masataka Nashida caught 13 of Hisashi Takeda's 27 pitches on Saturday.

...Nashida also announced his decision to make Yu Darvish the opening day pitcher at a fan gathering after practice on Saturday.  About 1,200 fans attended the event to meet with 40 Ichi-gun players.

=== 2/7/2010 9:24am JST

...Sho Nakata was hit in the helmet on Saturday during bunting practice.  But not as he bunted.  It was Ryo Sakakibara's throw to first after fielding the bunt that struck Nakata in the helmet and actually cracked it.

Nakata was fine and got a brand new helmet that's "lighter and has a better brim" than the one he was previously using.

...Barring any setbacks, Yu Darvish will be starting his fourth consecutive opening day game.  That matches a club record for consecutive opening day starts set by Yukihiro Nishizaki between 1988 and 1991.