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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 4, 2011

by on Feb.04, 2011 @ 2:20 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


The Giants Ichi-gun roster has the day off today.

=== 11:28pm

Kentaro Nishimura threw 108 pitches in the bullpen today.  He later told reporters he actually wanted to throw more because his lower body wasn't feeling quite right, but decided against it.


Tomoya Inzen stayed back after practice today in order to work on his hitting.

Said Inzen, "I'm not trying to swing the bat a certain amount of times, I'm just trying to swing the bat whenever I have time. ... I'm feeling great right now.  And I'll continue to swing the bat so I'm prepared to put up results when it comes time to play."


Satoshi Fukuda took the day off from Ni-gun practice today because of tightness in his lower back.

=== 2:20pm

Michihiro Ogasawara, Yoshinobu Takahashi, Yoshitomo Tani, and Alex Ramirez have been given free reign over their own training exercises.  The four will actually mix in with the rest of the Ichi-gun group beginning 2/15 (start of the fourth block of camp).  And while they aren't required to take extra BP (lunch time BP) until then, the four players have apparently asked the team to prepare some pitchers for them to hit off of during the 3rd block of camp.

Shinnosuke Abe will also be joining the four starting tomorrow.


Jonathan Albaladejo told reporters yesterday that he currently weighed 126kg and wanted to lose about 2.5kg.  General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi didn't agree and said that Albaladejo needed to lose a lot more, or face the possibility of becoming another Dicky Gonzalez.  It seems the Giants asked Albaladejo to drop his weight to around 118kg (his publicly announced weight).

Incidentally, it seems advance scouts haven't been that impressed by Albaladejo so far, but are continuing to keep an eye on him since he did manage to save 43 games last year with the Yankees AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club (in other words, there's got to be more than what they're seeing right now).