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Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: December 31, 2010

by on Dec.31, 2010 @ 9:46 pm, under NPB

Masahiro Yamamoto closed out his training at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  After spending some time in the weight room, he played catch with the staff for about 15 minutes.

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36-year-old Hitoki Iwase feels he can keep pitching until he's 40, so long as he finishes out the 2011 season without any problems.

"I'll be at a crossroads next season," said Iwase.  "If I can make it through the full season, I think I'll be able to pitch until I'm 30.  The big question will be whether or not I can make it the whole year without getting hurt."

Iwase then added, "If I'm going to keep pitching, closing is the only job for me."