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2010 Draft News and Notes: January 7, 2011

by on Jan.07, 2011 @ 12:00 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Shinta Hifumi (2nd round) didn't move into the player dorms yesterday because he has a case of streptococcus pyogenes (溶連菌), but his stuff did (his mother brought his stuff).  No word as to whether or not he'll be good to go for draft prospect training camp.  According to the Tigers, Hifumi had a fever of 38 degrees C on the 5th and was feeling better on the 6th (fever was gone) but still had a sore throat.  Could take 4-5 days total.

Akira Iwamoto (4th round) got room 305 -- former occupants include Takashi Toritani and Minoru Iwata.

Fumiya Araki (5th round) moved in with 6 different gloves.

Masaki Anada (Ikusei 3rd round) showed reporters his Norihiro Nakamura (wearing a Kintetsu uniform) bobblehead doll.

Yakult Swallows

Keisuke Ueno (Ikusei 2nd round) was the first to move into the player dorms yesterday.

Yokohama Bay Stars

After moving into his room in the player dorms yesterday, Kota Suda (1st round) immediately went off to the indoor training facilities to play some catch.

Yomiuri Giants

Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) apparently likes his electronics and moved in with a full set of appliances (like a TV, fridge, music player, and laptop).  Sawamura got room 207 -- former occupants: Wirfin Obispo and Satoshi Fukuda.  It should be noted that 2nd floor rooms tend to be reserved for established players.  Unlike the rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors, rooms on the 2nd floor have perks like a full bath bathroom.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced that they be holding their 2010 draft prospects welcome ceremony on the 16th at the stadium in Kamagaya.  The stadium will open at 10am and there will be an entrance fee of 500 yen (free for season ticket holders).

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) got Hideaki Wakui's old room.  After get his stuff moved in, he worked out for about an hour with Ryo Hayashizaki (5th round) -- running, playing catch.