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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: November 5, 2010

by on Nov.05, 2010 @ 2:44 pm, under NPB

Five players, including Shunsuke Fujikawa and Kohei Shibata, worked out on the team's day off.

Fujikawa is also apparently thinking about using a bat made by Old Hickory next season (like Matt Murton).

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The Tigers' staff got together for a meeting on Thursday to discuss how some of the players will be used during the 2011 season.  Amongst the decisions:

The Tigers will continue to utilize Ken Nishimura out of the pen in 2011.

Randy Messenger appears to be a part of the Tigers' plans for the 2011 season.  Messenger didn't have a very good year with the Tigers, but it seems they still have hope of him becoming a usable relief pitcher.

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It seems Tomoaki Kanemoto will be checking into a hospital in Fukuoka (3 days, 2 nights) in order to receive special treatment for his right shoulder.  This is the same hospital Kanemoto went to for treatment during the season and later admitted was glad he went to.

Kanemoto first injured his right shoulder when he ran into another player while tracking down a fly ball during pre-game practice on 3/17 (it was before an exhibition game against the Yakult Swallows).  In order to avoid the collision, Kanemoto threw out both his hands, but on contact, he felt a sharp pain in his right shoulder.  An MRI the following day revealed that he snapped the supraspinatus muscle in his right shoulder.  Kanemoto didn't let on the severity of the injury and told reporters it was minor.  About a month later, his 1,492 consecutive game, every inning streak came to an end.

Incidentally, it seems Kanemoto will be meeting with the front office for a second round of contract talks sometime early next week.

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As part of evening practice, the Tigers are having pitchers watch videos of other pitchers for hints on improving themselves.  Said Takumi Akiyama, "I saw video of Keiji Uezono.  It was good for me because I was able to see him do some of things that have been recommended to me, and I now have a better understanding [of what I need to do]."