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Hiroshima Carp sign Kiyoshi Toyoda to strengthen pen?

by on Nov.15, 2010 @ 10:12 am, under NPB

11/22/2010 @ 5:47pm JST

The Carp held a press conference today to announce their signing of Toyoda.  Toyoda apparently gets a 1-year deal worth 20M yen plus incentives and the number 33.

11/15/2010 @ 10:12am JST

The Hiroshima Carp have apparently signed Kiyoshi Toyoda to help out in the bullpen.  The Yomiuri Giants originally offered Toyoda a player / coach position with the team this year, but Toyoda declined because he was still interested in pursuing a career as just a player.

Toyoda showed the Carp he's fully recovered from back problems that limited him to 16 games this season (seems he pitched in a simulated game and probably held bullpen sessions on consecutive days).