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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: January 13, 2011

by on Jan.13, 2011 @ 5:00 pm, under NPB

Hisashi Iwakuma started throwing the ball from behind the mound (rubber?) on Wednesday.  He threw the ball about 30 times in all (using the new NPB regulation ball).  He told reporters he was only throwing at about 10% and admitted that he might have started his throwing program a little earlier than usual.

As for why he was throwing from behind the rubber, Iwakuma said that it help him put all his weight on his front leg.


While some Eagles' players opted to live out of hotels (like Takeshi Yamasaki and former Eagles Norihiro Nakamura and Ryuji Miyade), Akinori Iwamura plans on moving his family up to Sendai.  Seems he's tired of living away from his family.

Iwamura's first day of training in Okinawa included playing catch, taking fielding practice in the outfield, and BP (all in a light rain).


In an attempt to get to know his manager better, Motohiro Shima will make sure he's sitting next to him in the dugout as often as possible.

Shima and Shinichiro Koyama have also put together a tough training menu this winter that includes morning runs, weight training, and uphill dashes (5 * 100 meters, 5 * 50 meters, and 5 * 30 meters for a total 900 meters).  Both Tetsuro Nishida and Shintaro Masuda are working out with Shima and Koyama.


Teppei worked out at Kitsuki, Oita today (taking grounders, BP, weight training), along with players like Yosuke Hiraishi, Suguru Ino, and Naoto Watanabe (YOK).