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Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 2, 2011

by on Feb.02, 2011 @ 4:37 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 11:59pm

Kenta Imamiya not only took fielding practice at short today, but also at second and third.


A number of players were seen wearing surgical masks (due to the volcanic ash in the air) while running during practice today.

=== 9:59pm

The Hawks announced today that they hired Kazuhiro Takeda to be a special temporary pitching coach during spring camp.  Takeda was also hired as a temporary coach during fall camp last year.


Anthony Lerew threw 22 pitches (fastball and change-ups) in the bullpen today (squatting catcher).

=== 4:37pm

Koji Akiyama decided yesterday to send Shuhei Fukuda (right hamstring strain he suffered during base-running exercises) to Saitozaki for rehab.  He was also behind Alex Cabrera taking bunting practice yesterday.

Akiyama also watched Yuki Yanagita (2nd round) go yard a couple times during BP and said, "He's got some power, it's good that he can take full cuts.  He does a good job of pivoting.  At this point, I think he's got the quickest swing of them all.  He has a chance.  This is interesting."


Toru Hosokawa caught three pitchers yesterday: Tsuyoshi Wada, Hideaki Takahashi, and Sho Iwasaki.  Hosokawa also stayed back after general practice for extra BP.