Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

Hanshin Tigers: news and notes from 10/27/2010

by on Oct.27, 2010 @ 11:46 am, under NPB

2:36pm JST

It seems the Tigers may give Ken Nishimura a look as a starter next season.

11:46pm JST

It seems there's a chance that Kodai Sakurai could get surgery on his right elbow during the off-season since the Tigers want him to be at 100% for the 2011 season.  Sakurai will get the elbow checked out again and will then have a sit down with the team to determine their next course of action.

For the time being, Sakurai won't be allowed to do any throwing or take any BP and his training will focus primarily on weight training and running.


The Tigers fall camp plans for Takumi Akiyama: not a lot of throwing and spending a lot of time fielding grounders (1,000-grounder practice) while maintaining proper fielding mechanics.  The hope here is that fielding grounders will help him with his flexibility.

Seems running will also be a large part of his training at fall camp.


Takahiro Arai committed 16 errors at third base this season (which was second most in the CL).  The Tigers would to see Arai work on lowering that number during the off-season.


Wei-Chu Lin doesn't appear to be too concerned with the new NPB regulation ball.  Said Lin, "I haven't hit the [new ball] yet, but after hitting it, I'd like to address the differences by either adding more muscle or using a heavier."


Yuya Ando is continuing to rehab his right shoulder at Naruohama.  Ando has apparently regained more mobility in the shoulder and will continue to work out and get treatment for the shoulder at the Ni-gun facilities.