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Nippon Ham Fighters: Hichori might not be ready for the start of the season

by on Feb.20, 2010 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/21/2010 2:00am JST

...It seems there's a chance Hirchori Morimoto might not be ready for the start of the regular season.  Masataka Nashida told reporters that Morimoto has yet to swing a bat and that he would talk to him prior to the practice game on Saturday.

If Morimoto isn't ready to go at the start of the regular season, that means other players like Sho Nakata, Dai-Kang Yang (Yoh), and Kazuya Murata will have a shot at winning a starting job in left (Murata went 2-for-2 against the SK Wyverns on Thursday).

Nashida also appears to be re-considering Nakata as a possible DH candidate during the regular season.

=== 2/20/2010 11:46pm JST

...Notes from Saturday's intra-squad practice game:

Hirotoshi Masui scattered a hit over 2 scoreless innings and struck out 3.

Sho Nakata started in left and batted 7th.  He went 1-for-4 with double.

...Masataka Nashida wants Yu Darvish to be able to pitch to both Shota Ohno and Shinya Tsuruoka.