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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: January 13, 2011

by on Jan.13, 2011 @ 4:19 pm, under NPB

Kenji Jojima will likely begin the year at Ni-gun spring camp in Aki, Kochi.  A final decision will be made during the staff meetings that are set to take place on the 19th and 22nd.

"It's better if he does his rehab in Aki," said an unnamed club source.  "He'll probably be working out indoors anyway, so the weather won't really matter.  I think he'll end up going to Aki."

The Tigers' rehab trainer will also be based out of Aki camp, meaning Jojima will receive better treatment than he would in Okinawa.  Jojima has told reporters that he doesn't really care where he ends up going since his only focus is on rehabbing his knee.

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Shinjiro Hiyama is in Guam for his workouts (since the 5th).  For every 3 days of practice, Hiyama has been taking 1 day off for rest.  His practice day usually includes playing catch, BP, and over an hour of weight training (squats - maxed out at 200kg).  Hiyama has also managed to keep his weight at 79kg.

Ryo Asai is currently working out with Hiyama.

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Yamato worked out in his hometown Kanoya, Kagoshima on Wednesday.  Kanoya is known for its roses and Yamato would apparently like to become one of the cities Rose Ambassadors.  To help him attain that status, he thinking about pushing roses when he gets hero interviews and donating 10,000 yen for every base he steals.

Issei Morita is working out with Yamato.

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Ikuro Katsuragi is working out in Ibusuki, Kagoshima.  Katsuragi is thinking about donating futons (3 sets for each pinch-hit RBI he records) to Ibusuki to help out with the Nanoha Marathons they hold every year.  This year, about 21,000 people participated in the run, but since there weren't enough hotel rooms to go around, some had to spend the night in the community center or in their cars.

Takashi Shimizu is currently working out with Katsuragi.  He told reporters he's been running between 10am and 12pm and then taking fielding practice and BP in the afternoon.