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Rakuten Eagles to give Satoru Kanemura a tryout

by on Nov.11, 2010 @ 3:26 pm, under NPB

The Rakuten Eagles will apparently give Hanshin Tigers' senryokugai Satoru Kanemura a tryout.  It seems the Eagles will also give 36-year-old pitcher Shinya Okamoto (he played for the LG Twins in 2010) a tryout as well.  The Eagles are looking for a veteran presence and likely feel that one (or perhaps both) could help in this area.

UPDATE (3:27pm JST): the Eagles gave Okamoto a tryout today and he threw 45 pitches in the bullpen.  His tryout will continue tomorrow.

In other team news:

Head / batting coach Koichi Tabuchi had a model pelvis with him during practice on Wednesday in order to help show how the hips should move.  Said Tabuchi, "I studied how [Sadaharu] Oh's pelvis moved when he swung the bat.  I found that if you rotate your pelvis, you get rid of unnecessary movement and you end up being able to swing the bat better because you're more centered."