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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 5, 2011

by on Feb.05, 2011 @ 2:53 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/6 @ 1:43am

Shun Tono made an appearance as a BP pitcher today and faced Tetsuya Matsumoto, Takahiro Suzuki, and Toshimasa Konta.  Tono threw a total 60 pitches.

===== 2/5 @ 10:53pm

Sawamura threw 64 pitches in the bullpen today.  It was not only his third session during spring camp, but also the most he's thrown during spring camp.  A batter also stood in the batter's box partway through the session.


Taishi Ota spent a lot of time on his hitting today.  After hitting a couple over the fence during BP, Ota swung the bat some more (about 100 times) during extra BP.  He also continued to work on his hitting after that in the indoor training facilities.

===== 2/5 @ 2:53pm

Ryosuke Miyaguni (2nd round) was seen wearing a surgical mask while taking an walk at 7am in the early morning.  He told reporters that his throat hurt and wondered if it was from the volcanic ash in the air.


With Shinnosuke Abe heading to the veteran group (where players set their own training menus), head coach Kaoru Okazaki has named Ryota Wakiya the new leader.


Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) could make his debut during an intra-squad game on 15th.  The Giants also announced yesterday that they will be selling two kinds of Sawamura t-shirts: a white t-shirt will be available between 2/4 and 2/7 at the Giants' online store; and a black t-shirt will go on sale beginning on 2/10 at the Giants' spring camp store.


The Giants may end up moving their camp to Naha sooner than scheduled due to the volcanic activity.