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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 6, 2011

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 12:55 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/7 @ 12:33am

Takeru Imamura threw 64 pitches in the bullpen today and is scheduled to toss BP tomorrow (2/7).

===== 2/6 @ 9:3pm

Kan Otake threw a total 30 pitches in the bullpen today (standing catcher, with the last 10 pitches being thrown the hardest).  For Otaka, it was his first session in about 4 months.

Said Otake, "I guess I felt alright.  The question is whether or not I was able to use my body and shoulder on the incline.  And I think I did ok in that regard, so that was good.  I had fun.  My pitches were better than I was expecting."


Chad Tracy faced Hirofumi Ueno during BP today and took 13 swings and hit one over the fence.


Takahiro Iwamoto took 15 swings during BP today and collected 7 could-be hits, 2 of which went over the fence.

===== 2/6 @ 12:55pm

Yuya Fukui (1st round) cut his practice session short yesterday due to stiffness in his left hamstring.

Said Fukui to reporters yesterday, "I've pulled my hamstring a number of times in the past and it's in that same area, so I want to be careful.  I think I'll be able to practice as usual tomorrow."

The bullpen session he had scheduled for today was canceled.  And for workouts today, he started things off by warming up with the entire team, but spent the rest of his day with Mike Schultz (light running, played catch).


Kazuhiro Sasaki saw Kenta Maeda's bullpen session yesterday and made the following comment to reporters:

Even though he wasn't throwing the ball hard, there were a number of pitches that had a lot of life.  He's completely different.  He's got good balance.  At this time of year every year, there are some pitchers that change their mechanics, but he's already got his mechanics set.  It's amazing.

His balance in general is very good and he uses his arm well.  He doesn't have to throw to have life on his pitches.  Just by watching him doing regular exercises, I can see he's very flexible.


Kenta Kurihara took soft toss BP with his upper arms tied down to his body with rubber tubes.  It apparently helps batters make better use of their lower arms and wrists.