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Softbank Hawks: Hawks to give Arakaki as much time as he needs?

by on Feb.12, 2010 @ 1:45 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/13/2010 12:24am JST

...Kenta Imamiya, Keiji Nakahara, and Koji Toyofuku attended Group A practice on Friday.  Imamiya apparently got some tips on fielding and running from Munenori Kawasaki.

...Tadashi Settsu threw 64 pitches (all fastballs) during BP on Friday and faced Hiroshi Shibahara and Yuya Hasegawa.  He surrendered one HR to Hasegawa.

In order to lessen the strains of pitching, Settsu has also started taking 45-minute lower-body baths.

...Hasegawa went 2-for-2 during a simulated game on Friday.

=== 9:23pm JST

...Miyazaki prefectural governor Hideo Higashikokubaru and Miyazaki City mayor Tadashi Tojiki dropped by to check out the Hawks on Friday.  The two also brought with them Miyazaki beef and eels as gifts.

...The Hawks announced on Friday that Ji-Woo Choi (Korean actress) would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for their game against the Lotte Giants at Yahoo Dome on 2/28.

=== 2/12/2010 1:45pm JST

...The Hawks are currently thinking about leaving Nagisa Arakaki down at Ni-gun until he's 100% ready.  In other words, he'll be ready when he's ready.  No ETAs = no rushing = no pressure.

...Because of the rain on Thursday, the Hawks once again split training into Group A training in the morning and Group B training in the afternoon.  Koji Akiyama was not pleased.

...Shingo Tatsumi held a bullpen session on Thursday and threw 131 pitches.  He told reporters that he started elevating his pitches after throwing his 110th because he was getting tired and realized that he needs to place more emphasis on his lower body when he begins to tire.

...Kenji Ohtonari threw 42 pitches in the bullpen on Thursday and stopped his session short because he couldn't get the proper feel.  To clear his mind, he did some running while taking a few breaks (over an hour) and held a second bullpen session where he threw about 30 more pitches.  Ohtonari has been tweaking his delivery and the coaches feel that could be contributing to his unsatisfying bullpen sessions.

Ohtonari is currently set to pitch during an intra-squad practice game on the 20th.

...Along with the 25-26 pitches Tsuyoshi Wada threw to a squatting catcher on Thursday, he also threw about 30 pitches to a standing catcher.  He also told reporters that he's feeling better every day and that he hasn't been feeling any tightness.

...Ikusei player Yohei Yanagawa showed up to shouting practice on Thursday wearing an eye mask and a bow tie and shouted that he wanted to be more outgoing this year.  Yanagawa was recently told by Ni-gun manager Yusuke Torigoe that he didn't look lively.

...Despite taking 46 swings in the batting cages on Thursday, Nobuhiko Matsunaka isn't getting ahead of himself and told reporters that his condition changes from one day to the next (he also told reporters not to jump the gun on his health either).  His ultimate goal is to be ready for opening day.