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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 3, 2011

by on Feb.03, 2011 @ 7:48 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 1/4 @ 1:50am

Taishi Ota is scheduled to rejoin the Ichi-gun roster beginning on the first day of the second block of spring camp (2/5).

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Tetsuya Utsumi threw his fourth bullpen session today in as many days under the watchful eye of Tatsunori Hara.

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Jonathan Albaladejo threw 44 pitches (including his off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today.

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Hara stood in the batter's box during Brian Bannister's bullpen session today.

Said Hara, "I wanted to see what he could throw.  When you stand in the batter's box yourself, it makes it easier to explain yourself, to say something good.  It puts you on the same page.  He showed good control."

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Hoshino tossed BP today.

=== 7:48pm

The six foreign Giants took part in a bean throwing ceremony today, as part of Setsubun.

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Seth Greisinger tossed his first bullpen session during spring camp today; he threw a total 51 pitches (fastballs and change-ups).  Greisinger plans on throwing at least three more sessions for a scheduled outing during an intra-squad game on the 17th.

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Seven Ni-gun Giants spent about an hour in the batting cages during early morning practice today (8:20am).  Genki Kawano was apparently one of them and took a slider that didn't slide off his back.  He later told reporters that he was fine.

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Despite all the hard training (there was an evening practice session on the first day of camp and yesterday's session lasted close to 7 hours), Takanori Hoshi told reporters today that he has managed to gain weight since the start of camp (from 81kg to 82kg).

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Masumi Hoshino tossed 136 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  It was his second bullpen session in as many days (he threw 100 the day before).  The Giants are currently thinking of Hoshino as a potential starter.

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General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi advised Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) to slow down and take things easy yesterday.  He also old Sawamura that it wasn't the number of pitches he threw, but rather the quality of the pitches he threw.

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Rusty Ryal and Yoshiyuki Kamei took grounders at third during situational fielding practice yesterday.  And Hayato Sakamoto was at short and Ryota Wakiya at second.  The session lasted about an hour and 15 minutes.  Kamei also spent about 40 minutes working on back-handing the ball.