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Yakult Swallows: March 2, 2010

by on Mar.02, 2010 @ 3:08 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:57pm JST

...Shohei Tateyama told reporters on Tuesday that he's not in the position to say whether he'll be able to make the start of the regular season.  He has thrown 250 pitches over a three day period that ended on 3/1.  Tateyama is also hoping to pitch a BP session sometime within a week.

...Shigeru Takada told reporters that he didn't take injuries into serious consideration prior to the start of Spring camp.  He also added that he was pleasantly surprised with both Tony Barnette and Masato Nakazawa and hoped that they would continue to pitch well moving forward.

...Both Nakazawa and Takahiro Araki will stay with the Ichi-gun team for the time being.

=== 3/2/2010 3:08pm JST

...Kyohei Muranaka has been complaining of discomfort in his hips and back since his outing during an exhibition game on 2/27 against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  On Monday, Muranaka ended his workouts after a light game of catch.  Muranaka told reporters that it was probably just a product of being tired and that he would be ok with rest.  His scheduled start against the Nippon Ham Fighters (exhibition game) on the 7th has been canceled.

...The Swallows are trying to be more aggressive on the base paths this year.  The approach hasn't been entirely successful so far this year, but base-running coach Tetsuya Iida does't seem quite as concerned, saying that players won't get any better by playing it safe and that players can only learn about timing issues by trying things out now during practice / intra-squad / exhibition games.

...Yuhei Nakamura sprained his ankle while stealing second base in the third inning of Monday's practice game against the LG Twins.  It doesn't appear to be serious.  Catchers Tomohito Yoneno (right elbow), Masakazu Fukukawa (left flank), and Ryohei Kawamoto (back) are all currently hurting.

In all, eleven players (6 pitchers, 4 catchers, and one infielder) got hurt up during Spring camp in February.