4/23/2010 2:44am JST
Kikuchi has been doing a lot of running (8km, five days a week) in order to improve his conditioning and strengthen his lower body. After his start on Wednesday, he ran twenty 400m sprints. And it seems the Lions may no longer be thinking about Kikuchi pitching any Ichi-gun games this year, but rather next year.
Said Ni-gun pitching coach Ono, "He needs to build-up his trunk muscles. The rest will have to come after that. ... It'll take at least a year. If he continues what he's doing right now, by the time summer ends, he'll be throwing a lot more differently."
4/22/2010 11:37am JST
Ni-gun pitching coach Kazuyoshi Ono told reporters that Kikuchi's upper body was moving vertically while his lower body was moving horizontally, creating an imbalance that wasn't allowing him to throw with any sort of velocity.
As of now, he'll likely start pitching regularly on 7-days of rest.
4/21/2010 3:14pm JST
Yusei Kikuchi started a Ni-gun game against the Futures on Wednesday.
Kikuchi topped out at 140km/h and lost the game 4-1. His final line: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4 R
Takuya Sakamoto (YOK): fly out to left
Sumi Kota (LOT): single to left
Atsushi Fukumoto (YOM): single to left, runners on first and second
Takuma Sadaoka (LOT): 3-run homer
Takahiro Ijuin (YOM): reached on error (E6)
Yukinori Momiyama (YOM): grounder to short, double play
Masashi Yoshida (LOT): single to center
Genki Kawano (YOM): strikeout, Yoshida steals second
Masato Sugimoto (YOK): ground out to short, runner on second
Sakamoto: infield singer, runner on second scores
Kota: fly out to second
Fukumoto: ground out to second
Sadaoka: single to left
Ijuin: grounder to third, double play
Momiyama: ground out to second
Yoshida: ground out to third
Sugimoto: fly out to right
Sakamoto: ground out to first
Kota: ground out to firt
Fukumoto: fly out to right