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Hanshin Tigers Spring Camp News and Notes: February 7, 2011

by on Feb.07, 2011 @ 2:04 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/8 12:37am

Tomoaki Kanemoto started using a 1 meter long training bat during soft-toss BP yesterday.  He also played two rounds of catch: 41 tosses for the first round, followed by a 20 minutes break, and then 34 tosses for the second round.  During the second round of catch, Kanemoto also managed to max out at 40 meters.

===== 2/7 @ 10:03pm

Fujikawa got an MRI today on his right leg and was diagnosed with inflammation in his right hip adductor muscle (右股関節内転筋炎).  Fujikawa will spend time working out under a separate menu and will rejoin the team for practice on the 10th (first day of the third block of spring camp.


Hifumi was scheduled to toss a bullpen session today but had it canceled when he started feeling discomfort in his right shoulder while playing catch.  The coaches and trainers then decided that it would be best if Hifumi stayed away from the bullpen for a while in order to focus on building up his shoulder strength (he will be allowed to play catch).

===== 2/7 @ 2:04pm

Kyuji Fujikawa threw 67 pitches in the bullpen yesterday (a high for him during this year's camp).  Of the 67 pitches, 10 were slow curves that went about 80km/h.

And today, Fujikawa ended his day early (just the morning session) due to discomfort in his right leg (adductor muscle).  According to pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi, Fujikawa started feeling the discomfort in the area during his bullpen session yesterday.


Shinta Hifumi (2nd round) threw about 30 pitches in the bullpen to a standing catcher yesterday.

Said Hifumi, "I've got a pretty good feel for things while playing catch, but I'm still trying to find the right arm angle and because I can't get my wrist position down, I can't get a good grip on the ball."


Kazuya Tsutsui is one of the other six pitchers that tossed BP yesterday.  Tsutsui faced Kohei Shibata and Masashi Nohara and threw 55 pitches while giving up 9 could-be hits.


Kenji Jojima took 121 swings of the bat yesterday (between hitting of a tee and taking swings in the cages against the machine that throws curves).


Takumi Akiyama actually threw 56 pitches in his bullpen session yesterday.  Akiyama also mixed in some off-speed pitches, something he didn't really didn't in his previous session because he was focusing on polishing his fastball.

Said Akiyama, "I had a pretty good feel for the ball.  I've been throwing the fastball all this time and thought I might start throwing my other pitchers, like my curve, as a way to mixing things up a little, kind o like a change of pace."

This was Akiyama's 5th bullpen session of spring camp.


Matt Murton on the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament being canceled:

Sumo is a part of Japan's culture.  It's really too bad that the tournament had to be canceled.  American pro-wrestling is kind of like a show, but sumo is supposed to be serious, right?  I still firmly believe this to be true though...

Murton also gave the reporters a little performance yesterday.  On his way back to the hotel, while boarding a team car, Murton did Tanoshingo's Love Chunyu (ラブ注入) skit.  When asked if he might start doing a dance this season after hitting home runs, he said he probably wouldn't, but wasn't absolutely certain.


The outfield during situational fielding practice yesterday:

LF: Matt Murton, Ryo Asai, Kohei Shibata

CF: Katsuhiko Saka, Shunsuke Fujikawa

RF: Wei-Chu Lin


High School Rugby coach Yoshiharu Yamaguchi gave a lecture at Aki, Kochi camp yesterday (from 4:30pm to 5:50pm).  Pretty much all the coaches and players (not including foreign players) attended the lecture.