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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 2, 2011

by on Feb.02, 2011 @ 12:17 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 9:14pm

Yoshiyuki Kamei took grounders at third during situational fielding practice today.  He also got extra fielding work in after general practice.

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Sawamura threw 38 pitches (including a curve he didn't throw yesterday) in his second consecutive bullpen session today.  His fastball apparently didn't have much life and his off-speed pitches weren't very consistent.

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Takahiko Nomaguchi tossed 78 pitches in the bullpen today after getting some advice from pitching coach Masaki Saito yesterday.

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Tetsuya Utsumi threw 70 pitches in the bullpen today.  Including his session during pre-spring-camp joint mini camp, that's three consecutive bullpen sessions in as many days.  General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi was impressed with Utsumi's new fork.

Said Utsumi, "My balance was good today.  I'd like to do some more throwing tomorrow if my shoulder if feeling alright."

=== 2:26pm

Tatsunori Hara started his day with a 40 minute walk today (the distance between the team hotel and the practice grounds).

=== 12:17pm

Comments on Hirokazu Sawamura's (1st round) first bullpen session yesterday:

Shinnosuke Abe - "It was a good [session].  Top class material.  He reminds me of [Koji] Uehara during his best year's, except [Sawamura's] pitches feel heavier."

Tatsunori Hara - "Just like the rumors.  He needs to find his own rhythm.  He should also steal away [as much information as he can from other players] to help him mature."

Tigers' advance scout - "To see a rookie pitcher [toss a bullpen session] on the first day of camp, and to see him throw like that from his first pitch...  The pitches that made the stands stir.  Amazing."

Chunichi's advance scout - "He was probably throwing around 145, 146km/h.  He was probably the fastest of all the guys that threw today.  He's a horse that the Giants lacked.  He's similar to Ma-kun (Masahiro Tanaka)."

When told that scouts were already talking about him, Sawamura replied:

"Scouts are already here?  That's scary.  That just means I need to become a pitcher that can do well even if they have a book on me."

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Shota Kimura threw 50 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.

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Brian Bannister tossed 27 pitches in the bullpen while Carlos Torres tossed 72 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.

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All players (including veterans and foreign players) were required to attend the evening practice session on bunting yesterday.

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Hayato Sakamoto stayed back after regular practice to get in some extra work yesterday - running and throwing exercises with INF / base-running coach Hironori Suguro.

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Yoshinobu Takahashi wrote 奮励努力 (extra effort) on his ema during the team's visit to Aoshima Shrine yesterday.