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Softbank Hawks: Kawasaki and Lee are hurting but should be ok

by on Feb.23, 2010 @ 3:19 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:22pm JST

...Notes from Tuesday's practice game against the Yakult Swallows:

Shingo Tatsumi started and tossed 4 shutout innings.  He did not give up any hits, but did walk a batter in the 4th.  He also struck out four.

Kenta Imamiya entered the game in the 6th as a pinch hitter and took over at short thereafter.  He ultimately went 0-for-2 at the plate with 2 strikeouts.  Imamiya handled two chances at short without any major difficulties.

Takeshi Tsuji hit a 2-run homer in the 8th.

The Hawks beat the Swallows, 7-1.

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka took 117 swings during BP on Monday and hit 14 out.  It was his third straight day of BP.

=== 2/23/2010 3:19pm JST

...As of Monday, Shingo Tatsumi was scheduled to start a Ni-gun practice game against the Yakult Swallows on Tuesday.

...The Hawks could use Bum-Ho Lee as a starting DH, or pinch hitter, during the exhibitions games that begin on the 26th.  He entered Monday's game against the Doosan Bears as a pinch hitter in the 8th and grounded out.  Lee apparently has some pain in his left calf and the Hawks will take the next couple of days to see how he's feeling before making any final decisions.

...Munenori Kawasaki felt tightness in his flank and did not play in Monday's game against the Doosan Bears; he didn't seem too concerned of the condition.  Prior to the game, Kawasaki did take part in BP and situational fielding practice.

...Kenta Imamura joined general practice with the Ni-gun team on Monday; his left knee appeared to be fine.  Imamura also took the field during situational BP and didn't appear to be favoring the knee at all.

...Hiroki Kokubo has been working on his swing a lot during the off-season.  After Monday's game against Doosan, Kokubo stayed back after practice for 30 minutes of indoor BP.  He spent another 15 minutes doing soft toss BP.  And now it appears as though he's thinking off adding pre-game long soft toss BP to his training menu during the regular season.

...The Hawks are hoping to be a lot more aggressive on the base paths this year.  Their game against the Doosan Bears on Tuesday is apparently a good example of what they're hoping to do:

In the first inning, with runner on first and second and no out, they pulled off a double steal.  The lead runner was thrown out, but that still left a runner in scoring position.

With 1 out, a runner on first tried to score all the way from first on a double.  He was thrown out at home plate, but only because the throw was perfect.

In the fifth inning, down by a run, with runners on first and third and no out, the trail runner managed to steal second.  A sac fly got the lead runner home; the trailing runner made a heads-up by play tagging up and advancing to third.  A ground out pushed the runner at third across home plate to give the Hawks a 1-run lead.

...Additional notes from Monday's practice game against the Doosan Bears:

Yasushi Kamiuchi started and gave up a run on 7 hits and 3 walks over 4 innings of work.

Jose Ortiz started in left and batted fourth.  He was hit by a pitch on his left flank during his second at bat.  Ortiz later told reporters that he should be fine.