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Hanshin Tigers: Minoru Iwata to play some catch on Saturday

by on Feb.20, 2010 @ 6:54 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/21/2010 3:16am JST

...A note from Saturday's intra-squad practice game:

Tatsuya Kojima threw three scoreless innings and surrendered just 1 hit.

...Minoru Iwata played some catch (maxing out at a distance of about 30 meters) and pitched into a net on Saturday.  He told reporters that he didn't feel a lot of pain.  There is no schedule for when he'll pitch in the bullpen.

=== 2/20/2010 6:54am JST

...Players participating in Saturday's intra-squad practice game:

Tatsuya Kojima and Hirokazu Shiranita will be the starting pitchers.

Takashi Toritani will be a short and batting 3rd.

Takahiro Arai will be at third and batting 4th.

...Kenji Johjima will likely play in an intra-squad game on the 23rd.

...Battery coach Yasuo Yoshida told reporters that the team plans on carrying five catchers (Kenji Johjima, Akihiro Yano, Keisuke Kano, Takashi Shimizu, and Shinji Komiyama) during exhibition games.  The team is interested in seeing just how far Shimizu and Komiyama can be pushed.

...The Tigers are thinking of giving Kazuhito Futagami an exhibition game start against the Orix Buffaloes on 2/27.  Much will depend on how he pitches during his next outing, which will likely be during an intra-squad practice game on the 21st.

...Akinobu Mayumi will be taking a close look at both Yuhei Kai and Kenichi Tagami over the next couple of days.  Both will likely be playing an intra-squad practice game on the 20th and / or 21st.

...Casey Fossum, Randy Messenger, Matt Murton, and Craig Brazell had a chance to check out Hakata when their plane suffered an unexpected delay.  Seems like the four were able to enjoy themselves by eating some sushi while they waited for their connecting flight.

...Masanori Fujihara continued his rehab-training on his day off Friday.

...Minoru Iwata will likely try to test his arm with a game of catch on Saturday.