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Rakuten Eagles: Norihiro Nakamura takes early fielding practice

by on Feb.13, 2010 @ 3:32 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

...Norihiro Nakamura attended early fielding practice on Saturday.  Nakamura cleanly handled every grounder hit to him by Marty Brown over about a 40 minute period.

...Fuminori Yokogawa hit two home runs off Darrell Rasner during BP on Friday.

...Brown checked out Ni-gun camp on Friday.  He also wanted to see how Takeshi Yamasaki and Yosuke Takasu were coming along.  Brown is will be calling Takasu up to Ichi-gun on the 15th.

...A little more info on Juan Morillo's first outing as BP pitcher: he faced Ryo Hijirisawa and Yusuke Kusuki; he gave up the lone single to Hijirisawa; Tadashi Ishimine was the catcher and told reporters he though Morillo was hitting 150km/h; four fastballs went for called strikes while three were swung at and missed; and Hanshin Tigers' scout Akihiro Shimada said Morillo reminded him of Kroon, but with better control of his slider and change.

Morillo will likely get a chance to pitch during an intra-squad practice game on the 17th.