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Orix Buffaloes Spring Camp News and Notes: February 2, 2011

by on Feb.02, 2011 @ 4:49 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 9:55pm

Akinobu Okada had this to say about Alfredo Figaro today: "He's got good velocity.  He also has good control."

With regards to the large addition of new pitchers to the roster this year: "The pitchers know.  If things don't go well for them, they could end up down on the farm.  They need to work so that they aren't left behind."


For the second straight day, Mike Hessman took extra BP during lunch break.  And in the afternoon, he spent over 30 minutes in the cages.  Hessman had some trouble with his timing on his first day of BP and was working on getting it back today.

Said Hessman, "My hands really hurt. ... Practices last a long time over here in Japan."

=== 4:49pm

Chan Ho Park tossed 26 pitches (including off-speed pitches) to a squatting catcher (Takeshi Hidaka) today.

Said chief pitching coach Osamu Fukuma of Park's session, "I just wanted to check on his pitch types.  He seems to mix things up based on the batter.  He's very stable.  I did tell him that he needs to get used to the bumpy mound.  And I thought it was great that he really tried to absorb everything we told him."

Yesterday, 65 reporters, split into two groups (Korean press and Japanese press), interviewed Park.