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Pacific League News and Notes: January 26, 2011

by on Jan.26, 2011 @ 5:59 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Chiba Lotte Marines

Toshiaki Imae will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp after he suffered a left calf  strain during his workouts.  The team estimates it'll take about 2 weeks for a full recovery.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Dai-Kang Yang (Yoh) worked out at Kamagaya on Tuesday.  Yang spent some time working out with Munenori Kawasaki this winter and managed to work on strengthening his lower body.

Orix Buffaloes

30 Buffaloes (15 pitchers, 15 position players) headed out to Miykojima, Okinawa today for an early mini camp.

The Buffaloes took their team picture at Skymark Stadium yesterday.  Mamoru Kishida showed up wearing a mask that had the words 会長 (chief player rep) and the number 18 stitched into it.  Kishida is hoping more players will do things to help bring more excitement to the stadium.

Mike Hessman arrived in Japan today.  The Buffaloes will be holding a press conference for Hessman and Evan MacLane at Kyocera Dome tomorrow.  Alfredo Figaro's arrival in Japan has been delayed until the 30th.

Rakuten Eagles

Akinori Iwamura and Kazuo Matsui worked out together today (fielding practice, BP).

Masafumi Togano started working out at Kleenex Stadium at a little past 8am this morning (about an hour running around the stadium).

Masahiro Tanaka promised reporters on Tuesday that no matter what the circumstances, he will toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp.

The only given for the line-up is Takeshi Yamasaki batting in the clean-up spot.  Everything else is up for grabs.

Seibu Lions

Yataro Sakamoto said goodbye to his former teammates (Yokohama Bay Stars) and fans after practice on Tuesday.  Sakamoto has already found a place in Tokorozawa and the Lions will be holding a press conference for him on the 27th. ... The Lions announced today that Sakamoto's registered name will go back to being 坂元弥太郎 (Sakamoto Yataro) from 弥太郎 (Yataro).

Softbank Hawks

Kenta Imamiya worked out for about 2 hours at the Saitozaki training facilities today (BP, fielding practice, strength training).

Ryuma Kidokoro worked out at the Saitozaki training facilities on Tuesday.  He also sought out the advice (specifically with regards to base-stealing) of scout Arihito Muramatsu, who was also at Saitozaki on Tuesday checking on players.

Softbank Mobile's Otosan Inu will continue to be the Hawks' cheer group commanding officer.  This will be his third year.  The Hawks also announced that they will be providing live footage of their spring camp via Ustream.