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Hiroshima Carp: Bale to join Carp on the 26th?

by on Feb.24, 2010 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/25/2010 12:51 am JST

...It was batting day at Carp camp on Wednesday.  Both pitchers and position players got a chance to work on their hitting.

...Toshiaki Aizawa threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session on Wednesday.  He also took part in other exercises like hill sprints.  Aizawa fouled a ball off his right bit toe on Tuesday and was kept from pitching in an intra-squad game that day.

...Kan Ohtake played some catch after general on Wednesday.  Ohtake felt some tightness in his shoulder and wanted to loosen it up with some catch.  Seems his 270-pitch bullpen session on the 15th is causing the tightness.

=== 2/24/2010 4:57pm JST

...Swing King?  Takahiro Iwamoto may end up being the player that has swung the bat the most during Carp Spring camp this year.  At least according to Kenjiro Nomura.  Iwamoto added to his totals on Wednesday with BP in the cages.

...John Bale kept his workouts light on Tuesday and played some catch (50 throws).  His oldest daughter celebrated her 9th birthday on Tuesday.  Bale told reporters he plans on holding a bullpen session on Wednesday.  He is expected to join the team on the 26th when they play an exhibition game against the Softbank Hawks (at Yahoo Dome).

...Keisuke Imai started up his rehab-training at the Ohno practice facilities on Tuesday (he's working his way back from some tightness in his right elbow).  His workout included playing catch between bases (100 throws).  Imai apparently tweaked his elbow during a practice game against the Yomiuri Giants on the 20th.  An examination done on the 22nd revealed no structural damage in the ligaments.

...Additional notes from Tuesday's intra-squad practice game:

Tomohiro Umetsu tossed a shut-out inning in relief.  It was his first appearance in a "game" since August 2nd, 2009.

Takuro Ishii started at short and batted second.  He went 0-for-3.

...Ishii didn't have a very good game on Tuesday, but was still upbeat about his outing.  He told reporters he now has a better sense of what he needs to work on.