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Hanshin Tigers: Day Off

by on Feb.10, 2010 @ 11:55 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 9:12pm JST

...The three rookies at Ginoza camp (Kazuhito Futagami, Masanori Fujihara, and Shunsuke Fujikawa) spent their day off working out.  They did some running, played some catch, and took some BP.

...Futagami impressed the coaches so much with his simulated game on Tuesday that they are now thinking about having him start a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on 2/13.

...Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi wasn't very happy with the way Yuya Ando and Shinobu Fukuhara pitched during BP on Tuesday.  Of the 49 pitches Ando threw, only 27 were strikes; likewise, Fukuhara only managed to throw 26 of 47 for strikes.  Yamaguchi told reporters that he felt neither Ando nor Fukuhara were pitching with any purpose.

...Fujikawa will likely be batting in the number 1 or 2 hole for the practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on 2/14.  They also timed him at 3.3 sec when he stole his two bases during a simulated game on Tuesday.  To put that into perspective, Takashi Toritani has been timed at 3.2 sec.

...The six batters Randy Messenger faced on during his simulated game on Tuesday were Masashi Nohara (ground out), Takashi Shimizu (strike out), Fujikawa (ground out), Kodai Sakurai (ground out), Hiroki Uemoto (ground out), and Matt Murton (fly out).

...Kenji Johjima told reporters on Tuesday that he lives for inside pitches and that he isn't the type of batter that can power a ball to the opposite field on pitches to the outside corner.

Assuming nothing bad happens, Johjima could make his debut during one of the exhibition games against the Nippon Ham Fighters at the Sapporo Dome on 3/3 or 3/4.

=== 2/10/2010 11:55am JST

...Kazuhito Futagami threw 18 pitches during his simulated game on Tuesday.  He also topped out at 144km/h on the radar gun.

...Yuya Ando hit the bullpen to throw 50 pitches after a BP session on Tuesday.  He recorded the bullpen session in order to see if he was properly transferring his body weight.  Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi appeared a little concerned with how hard Ando was pushing himself.

...Minoru Iwata faced Wei-Chu Lin and Masashi Nohara during BP on Tuesday and gave up 7 could-be hits on 36 pitches (according to Sanspo).

...Atsushi Noumi threw 22 pitches to Shunsuke Fujikawa during BP on Tuesday and gave up 2 could-be hits.  He also faced Yamato and surrendered 3 could-be hits to him.  Noumi didn't appear to throw too many balls during the BP session.

...Akihiro Yano got a chance to catch the Fossum flip on Tuesday.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto took part in base-running practice on Tuesday.  Assistant chief training coach Shinji Ishihara told reporters that Kanemoto's legs must be fine after watching him run, but was also concerned of possible hamstring injuries from overwork.

...Kenji Johjima took 48 swings during BP on Tuesday and hit one over the fence.

...During a simulated game on Tuesday, S. Fujikawa showed off his hitting and base-running abilities.  He hit a double off Satoru Kanemura and stole two bases as a base-runner, once with Kanemura on the mound and another with Randy Messenger on the mound.

S. Fujikawa will be starting in a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 14th.

...Sponichi mentions that Matt Murton had trouble with his defensive positioning during a simulated game on Tuesday.  Seems like they're trying to make a mountain out of molehill at this point.  Sanspo also has a lukewarm article on Murton's outing during a simulated game.  Looks like fears of a Kevin Mench, part deux are slowly beginning to seep through.  It's obviously much too early to tell though.