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Rakuten Eagles: Senichi Hoshino wants more pitching

by on Nov.22, 2010 @ 4:50 pm, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino was apparently asked about Seung-Yeop Lee yesterday and said that more than a hitter, he wanted more pitching.

According to Sanspo, the Eagles may have a starting four that includes Masahiro Tanaka, Satoshi Nagai, Darrell Rasner, and Kohei Hasebe.  Hoshino is hoping that two pitchers out of the group of Kenji Tomura, Masafumi Togano, Ryohei Isaka, and Hiroshi Katayama can step up and fill out the rest of the open spots in the rotation.  And if not this, then definitely next year, as Hoshino was also quoted as saying, "It might not be possible for them to get things together by next year, but if there's no improvement over 2 years, that's it."

Incidentally, Hoshino also said that he heard Byung-Hyun Kim did alright during his tryout and said that he wouldn't mind inviting Kim to spring camp.  It seems the Eagles are also willing to set up another tryout for Kim if he wishes to show Hoshino directly what he's capable of doing (Hoshino missed out on Kim's tryouts).

The Eagles may also be thinking of having Juan Morillo attend the Mexican Winter Leagues.