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Hiroshima Carp: July 9, 2010

by on Jul.09, 2010 @ 3:10 pm, under NPB

...Batting coach Junzo Uchida had Soichiro Amaya put on catcher's mask during a special round of BP that involved tossing baseballs at Amaya's head.  According to Uchida, the drill is supposed to get hitters into a more aggressive state of mind.

...Seems the Carp will be pitting Masato Akamatsu against Amaya for the number 3-hole in the line-up.  Hiroshima is hoping the competition will get Amaya going offensively.

...Kenta Kurihara started taking BP with both hands yesterday (about 500 pitches against a machine throwing at 100km/h).  Depending on how his next medical check goes on the 15th, Kurihara's rehab could take a big leap forward.

...Junpei Shinoda's next start could come on the 10th against the Yakult Swallows.