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Rakuten Eagles: Koji Mitsui fails to make the team

by on Feb.11, 2010 @ 4:05 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 8:26pm JST

...The Eagles announced on Thursday that they are passing on Koji Mitsui.  Interestingly enough, he pitched well during his intra-squad outing (2 IP, 7 BF, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R) but was still turned down because the team already has a number of left-handed options.  Seems like he didn't have a chance right from the start.

=== 2/11/2010 4:05pm JST

...Daisuke Kusano is in the process of converting over to second.  On Wednesday, during early fielding practice, he worked on how to handle double plays.  So far, he's been handling the position switch well.

...Masahiro Tanaka threw 84 pitches (including his slider, curve, change, shuto, cutter, two-seamer, and fork) during a bullpen session on Wednesday.  In order to work on his control, he had a batter stand in the batter's box (switching back and forth between the right and left boxes).  Tanaka later told reporters that over 80% of his pitches went where he wanted them to go.

Incidentally, this was Tanaka's fourth bullpen session.  Last year he held his fourth bullpen session on 2/4 and threw 120 pitches.

...Kazuo Fukumori threw 55 pitches (including his change) during his bullpen session on Wednesday.  He is currently competing with Juan Morillo for the closer role.

...Morillo threw 33 pitches (including his change and slider) during a bullpen session on Wednesday.  Morillo complained of tightness in both his calves back on the 8th and had not done anything throwing.  He is scheduled to throw BP on Friday.

...Koji Mitsui held a bullpen session on Thursday and threw 33 pitches (including his slider and shuto).

...Seems Tanaka will be starring in a manga that will be carried in Shueisha's Young Japan (not sure if t will be in the weekly or the monthly).  An Eagles' rep said that while the entire team was featured in a manga before as a rookie ball club during it's first year, they have never had one specific player star in a manga.