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Hiroshima Carp: John Bale scheduled to throw a bullpen session on 23rd?

by on Feb.23, 2010 @ 8:06 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

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

Kan Ohtake started for the white team and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits over 2 innings of work.

Kenta Maeda started for the red team and  tossed 2 shutout innings and scattered 3 hits.

Akihiro Higashide hit a 2-run triple in the 2nd.

Both Go Kida and Tetsuya Kokubo drove in runs in the third.

Kenta Kurihara hit a 2-run homer in the 6th.

...Takeru Imamura threw 20 pitchers to a squatting catcher on Tuesday.  Imamura is working his way back from tightness in his right shoulder.

...Seems John Bale's wife, Genevieve, is one of the reasons why he's currently wearing a Carp uniform.  She apparently e-mailed the Carp in February to see if they might give him another chance.  According to Nikkan Sports, Genevieve's e-mail went along the following lines:

Please give John one more chance to return to Japan.  His family also loves Japan.  And we'll even accept a salary of $100,000 plus incentives.

Bale could throw a bullpen as early as the 23rd.