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Hanshin Tigers: Messenger pitches to Johjima

by on Feb.09, 2010 @ 10:06 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/10/2010 2:19am JST

...Kenji Johjima took 99 grounders near the third base bag on Tuesday.

...Randy Messenger threw a simulated game on Tuesday and faced 6 batters, including Takashi Shimizu, Kodai Sakurai, and Matt Murton.  He also topped out at 147km/h.  Messenger will likely pitch in a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 13th.

...Kazuhito Futagami faced 6 batters and surrendered 1 hit during a simulated game on Tuesday.  Amongst the six batters he faced, he struck out both Ryo Asai and Wei-Chu Lin using his slider.  Futagami will likely pitch in one of the practice games against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 13th or 14th.

...Atsushi Noumi and Minoru Iwata both threw BP on Tuesday.  Noumi threw 48 pitches while Iwata threw 39 pitches.

=== 8:03pm JST

...NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato visited Hanshin camp on Tuesday.

...Shunsuke Fujikawa stayed back after practice on Monday for some extra batting practice and worked on how to use the lower body with batting coach Atsushi Kataoka.

...Kenji Johjima swung the bat 255 times on Monday, including 49 times during BP and 91 times during after general practice BP.

...Yuya Ando tried throwing his new change-up (complement his slider, shuto, and fork) on Monday.  He's still in the early stages of throwing the pitch and would like to use it primarily against left-handed batters (at least in the beginning).

...Masanori Fujihara had a chance to meet Atsuya Furuta on Monday.  Both are Ritsumeikan University graduates.

...According to Nikkan Sports, Matt Murton only recorded 2 could-be hits on 23 pitches against Ikketsu Sho on Monday.  Sho will also likely pitch during an upcoming practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on 2/13.

=== 2/9/2010 10:06am JST

...Randy Messenger held a bullpen session with Kenji Johjima behind the plate on Monday (their first such pairing during Spring camp).  He threw 6 pitches with Johjima standing and 46 (including his curve, cutter, and splitter) with him squatting.  Johjima told reporters that Messenger made some good pitches and jokingly said that he was throwing better in Japan.

...Masanori Fujihara threw 10 pitches to Johjima during a bullpen session on Monday and had some trouble with his grip.  Seems he was a little nervous pitching with Johjima catching him for the first time and overthrew a little.

...Kazuhito Futagami threw a bullpen session on Monday but wasn't happy with the results.  He'll be throwing a simulated game on Tuesday.

...Casey Fossum didn't throw any pitches on Monday and instead worked on fielding drills involving signs.  He later told reporters that he didn't throw a bullpen session because he did a lot of throwing during the fielding drills.

...As briefly mentioned early, Kenji Johjima made 9 practice throws to first from his knees to warm-up his arm prior to situational fielding practice on Monday.  Akinobu Mayumi covered first base for Johjima.

...Takahiro Arai stayed back after general practice on Monday and hit the batting cages.  Earlier in the day, Arai took 82 swings during lunch-time BP and took another 42 swings during regular BP.  In the batting cages after general practice, Arai swung the bat for about an hour, recording the entire session for later reviewing.

...Matt Murton faced Ikketsu Sho during BP on Monday.  It was Murton's first BP with a pro-level pitcher and according to Sponichi, he didn't look very good facing him.  Murton told reporters that he was glad to have a chance to face a real live arm and he knows he still needs to work on his timing.

It was an unscheduled appearance for  Sho.

Murton ended up taking 15 swings (on 22 pitches) while recording 7 could-be hits.

Interestingly enough, Sponichi made Murton's performance sound bad while Sanspo seemed to take a slightly more conservative approach.