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Seibu Lions: Kikuchi to return to camp Thursday

by on Feb.11, 2010 @ 5:30 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/12/2010 12:24am JST

...Yusei Kikuchi arrived at camp on Thursday and proceed to throw over 100 pitches to a squatting catcher during a bullpen session.  He started his practice after 5pm and finished around 7pm.  Kikuchi also taped his session for later reviewing.

...Takumi Kuriyama is making a change to his batting stance.  He was seen on Thursday lifting his right leg up a little higher during batting practice.  It seems he's trying to use the leg lift as a timing mechanism for his swing.  Kuriyama was also trying out a new bat with a thinner handle in the hopes of improving his bat control.

=== 2/11/2010 5:30pm JST

...Kenta Matsushita developed a sty on his right eye on Thursday and worked out under a different training menu while wearing an eye patch.  He was told not to do anything that would cause him to sweat.

...The Lions will begin their game-like training beginning on Thursday.  That includes a simulated game on Friday and an intra-squad practice game on Saturday.  Batting coach Hiroyuki Mori told reporters that he plans on giving everyone a chance to hit.

Ryohei Fujiwara and Ryoma Nogami are two pitchers likely to make appearances in the simulate game.

...Yosuke Okamoto is turning heads at Lions' campHisanobu Watanabe told reporters that Okamoto was the only rookie he felt he could use right away.  Pitching coach Tetsuya Shiozaki said that his experience from the Industrial League gives him an edge and that the would like him to travel along the same path at Tadashi Settsu (a relative unknown into a major player).

...Watanbe played some golf on his day off Wednesday.  He also told reporters that he doesn't plan on telling Yusei Kikuchi what do to after he returns to camp on the 11th, since he'll likely go ahead and do it anyway.

Kikuchi is set to arrive back at camp sometime around 5pm or later.  General practice will already be over so it will be up to him to decide what he wants to do.  Kikuchi already told reporters that he plans on working out after he returns.

...Miyazaki prefecture is saying that Kikuchi could make a difference to their economy during Spring camp.  Last year, the WBC team worked out at Miyazaki and helped create an economic impact of 10.8B yen (up 2.5B yen from the previous year).   And it seems Kikuchi's presence with the Lions this year could very well help Miyazaki reach 10B yen once again.