=== 2/19/2010 12:09am JST
...Shuichiro Osada and Jun Yamamoto were promoted to A Group in Miyazaki on Thursday. Kenta Matsushita (right shoulder problems) was demoted to B Group.
...Yusei Kikuchi held a bullpen session on Thursday and threw 54 pitches. He also tried throwing 3 curves. Kimiyasu Kudo and Masumi Kuwata apparently told Kikuchi that being able to throw a curve would be a big plus for him in the future.
IMHO: doesn't really seem like the best time to be learning a new pitch. Especially when he's still struggling to nail down his delivery.
...Kimiyasu Kudo threw 117 pitches in a bullpen session on Thursday. He once again told reporters he meant to stop after 60 pitches but just kept on going.
=== 2/18/2010 12:13pm JST
...The NPB rules won't be allow Yusei Kikuchi to use his favorite glove during regulation games because there is a Hanamaki Higashi's logo stitched into the webbing. The rules basically say that the only logo baseball equipment can carry are those that belong to the manufacturer (rule 1.17.3). Kikuchi will be allowed to use the glove during practice and exhibition games though.
Kikuchi was also stopped during his bullpen session because he wore a bracelet.
...Yutaka Enatsu had a chance to watch Kikuchi pitch on Wednesday. He told reporters that about 20% of Kikuchi's pitches looked good but that was to be expected since he was still working on getting his body into shape. Enatsu also said that Kikuchi definitely has the potential and shouldn't feel rushed to put up results so quickly.
...Kikuchi was actually the one that handed Miyazaki prefectural mayor Hideo Higashikokubaru the Leo mascot stuffed animal.
...An additional note from Wednesday's practice game against the Doosan Bears:
According to Sponichi, Ryoma Nogami gave up 3 runs instead of 5 runs. He also gave up 4 walks/HBPs.