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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 24, 2010

by on Dec.24, 2010 @ 11:49 am, under NPB

It appears there's a good chance Kenji Jojima will start off at Ni-gun camp in Aki, Kochi.  A club rep told reporters on Thursday that the club plans on sending all their rehabbing players to Ni-gun camp in Aki and that if Jojima wasn't able to do any throwing or hitting, he'd probably end up there as well.  A decision on where Jojima will go will likely be made during the coaches meeting in January.

As for Tomoaki Kanemoto, it seems at this point he'll be at Ichi-gun camp in Okinawa.

Daily Sports has a slightly different take on Kanemoto and mentions that he could start his year at his own "private" camp.  The reason for that is because there is some concern that Kanemoto might get caught up in the moment and push himself too hard if he attends Ichi-gun camp in Okinawa.

After surgery on his left knee in 2008, Kanemoto was given permission to head to Los Angeles with a team trainer to work out on his own for about 2 weeks.  He met up with the Ichi-gun group in Okinawa in late-February and ended with a very solid season (.307/.392/.527 with 27 HR and 108 RBI) and no major knee issues.

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Yasutomo Kubo worked out at Koshien on Thursday.  He'll be returning to his hometown in Nara for the upcoming New Year's holiday and will spend most of the time running at various spots in the area (like Fujiwara-Kyo and Yamato Sanzan).

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Takumi Akiyama finished out his training at Naruohama on Thursday.  Akiyama currently has plans of  participating in an alumni game at Saijo High School on January 1st.  He also got an invite to practice with the Saijo Little Senior little league baseball team on the 3rd.