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Yomiuri Giants: Chono likely to make debut during intra-squad game on 13th

by on Feb.09, 2010 @ 10:33 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/10/2010 2:41am JST

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi threw 43 pitches against Hisayoshi Chono and Hidetoshi Tsuburaya during BP on Tuesday.  Chono took 18 swings and recorded 3 could-be hits; Tsuburaya took 11 swings and recorded 1 could-be hit.

...It was Ikusei 1st round draft pick Masumi Hoshino's turn to spend a day at Ichi-gun on Tuesday.  He threw 66 pitches during a bullpen session and seemed satisfied with his day.  Hoshino will likely get a chance to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 13th.

=== 8:24pm JST

...Daisuke Ochi faced Ryota Wakiya and Yoshiyuki Kamei during BP on Tuesday and surrendered 8 could-be hits on 46 pitches (including his fork).

...Yasunari Takagi threw 44 pitches (including a slider) during BP on Tuesday and faced Ryuichi Kajimae and Hayato Sakamoto.

...According to Nikkan Sports, Kyohei Tsuchimoto threw 2 sliders and 3 forks to Yoshiyuki Kamei.  He also apparently gave up 5 could-be hits to Ryota Wakiya.

...Hisayoshi Chono and Taishi Ohta worked out with B Group on Monday.  Ohta is another player that may be playing on the 13th.

=== 2/9/2010 10:33am JST

...Hayato Sakamoto took 15 swings against Norihito Kaneto during BP on Monday and recorded 5 could-be hits.

...Hisayoshi Chono could make his debut during an intra-squad 6-inning Group B game on the 13th.  Tatsunori Hara told reporters that he will be sending a number of Group A players to that game and that Chono could be one of them.

...Tetsuya Utsumi threw his new cutter a few times during BP on Monday.  He told reporters that he was happy with the early results.

...Kyohei Tsuchimoto threw 26 pitches (all fastballs) to Ryota Wakiya (no could-be hits) and 20 pitches (including his fork) to Yoshiyuki Kamei (just the home run) on Monday.

...Dicky Gonzalez held his second bullpen session on Monday and threw 78 pitches.  He also managed to work in 10 of his slow change-ups for the first time during Spring camp.  It wouldn't be the first time he's tinkered with a slow change.  He originally picked it up from Swallows' pitching coach Tomohisa Ito back in 2006.  In 2007, he had elbow surgery and decided to stop throwing the pitch.  While Gonzalez doesn't think he hurt his arm throwing the slower change, he did tell reporters that the pitch places a little more strain on his elbow because his fingers are short.