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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 8, 2011

by on Feb.08, 2011 @ 2:31 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/8 @ 10:10pm

Seems Yuki Saito (HAM, 1st round) was a little concerned with Fukui and tried to call him on his mobile.  Fukui couldn't answer the phone and called him back and the two spoke about Fukui's injury and Saito's daily coverage on the media.

For practice today, Fukui played catch at a distance of about 60 meters.  The club is hopeful that he'll be ok to rejoin the team for regular practice beginning on the 10th.

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Kan Otake threw 58 pitches in the bullpen today (sitting catcher).  Pitching coach Yutaka Ono told reporters the club wasn't too concerned with Otaka at this point and that they were glad to see him throwing harder than in his last session.  That said, the club continue to keep a close eye on Otake's shoulder.

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The Seisei High School (Shizuoka) baseball team watched the Carp practice for about 2 hours yesterday.

===== 2/8 @ 2:31pm

Dennis Sarfate faced Yoshiyuki Ishihara and Yoshikazu Kura during BP today and threw 40 pitches (including his curve and slider) and gave up 3 could-be hits.  He also topped out at 151km/h.

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Takeru Imamura gave up 8 could-be hits during his 48-pitch BP outing yesterday.  He threw only fastballs.  Imamura is using a slightly modified delivery from last season where he raises his left leg a little higher in order to build up more momentum in his right leg.

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Kenta Maeda threw 30 pitches to a standing catcher yesterday.  And beginning with his 22nd pitch, he threw 3 consecutive curves.

Regarding the curve: "My fastball gets betters when I throw the curve.  It because there's vertical spin on it.  I need to throw the ball using a slow / big arm motion and that actually helps with my fastball."

Regarding his opening day starts: "I never do well during exhibition games.  It's better if I get hit.  Getting scored on, switching gears...  If I keep throwing up 0's I won't be able to experience some of those things once the regular season starts. ... I'm still in the process of getting ready, so I don't go all out.  Maybe at about 70-80%.  I can't really get into it, and I'm not very good at exhibition games.  I'd like to try and maybe do better during my last [exhibition game] outing, put some feeling into it."

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Yuya Fukui (1st round) told reporters yesterday that he was feeling fine (left hamstring tightness) and that he was at around 60-70%.  The team will decide when Fukui tosses his next decision after tomorrow's day-off.

Fukui also celebrated his 23 birthday today and started throwing the ball harder during catch.