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Rakuten Eagles: every pitcher will be ready to start

by on Oct.13, 2010 @ 3:39 pm, under NPB

"Interim manager" / pitching coach Yoshinori Sato told reporters that he plans on getting every pitcher mentally prepared for possible spot starts in 2011.  While Senichi Hoshino hasn't agreed to anything yet, he's been known to dip into the bullpen for spot-starters.

In other team-related news:

Hisashi Iwakuma, Satoshi Nagai, Shinichiro Koyama, and Hiroki Yamamura will be getting their bodies checked out at a hospital in Chiba.  This isn't necessarily about finding injuries, but rather preventing future injuries (or improving current injuries) by checking to see how much strain / exhaustion their bodies built up over the season and figuring out ways to help "reset" their bodies for the next season.