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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: November 10, 2010

by on Nov.10, 2010 @ 2:40 pm, under NPB

General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi joined up with the Giants at Miyazaki fall camp on Tuesday.  And from the from the gate, he started working with pitchers like Levi Romero and Kentaro Nishimura.  He's also keeping a close eye on 22-year-old LHP Takanobu Tsujiuchi -- seems Kawaguchi likes Tsujiuchi's fastball and thinks that Tsujiuchi needs to become mentally, and perhaps emotionally, stronger.

Said Kawaguchi, "It's fall and during this camp, I'm going to push the players hard, and I'll push them hard emotionally and then try to uncover the good.  I'm thinking of pushing the players until they're on the verge of hurting their legs."

Kawaguchi also spent about an hour hitting fly balls all over the outfield for the pitchers to flag down.


Takahiko Nomaguchi faced Hiroki Nakazawa and Hidetoshi Tsuburaya during BP yesterday at fall camp and tossed 81 pitches.  Despite hitting Tsuburaya, it seems he Nomaguchi felt he was able to throw strikes and hit his mark better than he thought he would.


Yoshiyuki Kamei apparently gave himself a 10 out of 100 with regards to his conversion to third:

Said Kamei, "I still have a ways to go.  I knew it wasn't going to be easy and I'll continue to do my best moving forward. ... When you're playing in the infield, you need to stop and field the ball and plant in order to make plays.  In the outfield, you move while grabbing the ball and quickly move into throwing the ball...  My head knows this, but my body is conditioned to react [as an outfielder would]. ... I have the spring to work in the outfield, so I'll be ok.  Honestly, I'm just concerned about third base right now."