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Central League News and Notes: January 20, 2011

by on Jan.20, 2011 @ 11:09 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Akinobu Mayumi told reporters that he doesn't plan on giving Craig Brazell and Matt Murton any preferential treatment and expected them to be able to take part in games at an early stage (assuming they didn't run into any speed bumps).

Kenji Jojima advised Takumi Akiyama to keep a daily journal of his physical condition and thoughts.  Seems Jojima has been doing the same since he was about 22 or 23.  Akiyama did write in a journal last season, but not on a daily basis.

And speaking of Jojima, it seems he's making great strides in his rehab.  According to battery coach Yasuo Yoshida, who met with Jojima on Tuesday, Jojima would probably be able to play at any position, other than catcher.

Hiroshima Carp

General training camp began at the Ono practice facilities todayAbout 50 players, including Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Kiyoshi Toyoda, Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara, and the 2010 draft class, attended.

Kan Otake may not start the season at Ichi-gun spring camp.  He told reporters recently that his right shoulder still wasn't 100% and that he needed to focus on that first, before anything else.

Ishihara said his goal for the season was to play in every game.

Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Wednesday that the Swallows added 36-year-old interpreter Akira Oguni to the front office.  Oguni was with the Chunichi Dragons since 2004 and helped the team with their players from the Dominican Republic.  The Swallows are hoping Oguni can take advantage of the information he learned with the Dragons to help the team create a presence in Central America.

Junji Ogawa held a lecture at Kawai Musical Instruments today.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Hichori Morimoto returned from his training in Hawaii today.  During his training in Hawaii, Morimoto also had a chance to work with with Shohei Tateyama (YAK).  He also told reporters he looked forward to putting on his new uniform and that it was the first time in a while that he felt so excited about spring camp.