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Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 8, 2011

by on Feb.08, 2011 @ 6:25 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/8 @ 10:53pm

Hiroyuki Kawahara was hit in the right side of his head by a thrown ball during practice today and rushed to the hospital.  CT scans did not reveal and damage.  Kawahara was hit in the head when the catcher tried to make a throw to second during BP (that was a part of the exercise).

Satoru Morimoto was also examined today (hurt his right knee during practice on the 7th) and was diagnosed with internal inflammation.  He is essentially listed as day-to-day.


Tadashi Settsu threw 94 pitches to a squatting catcher today.  Settsu later told reporters he was thinking of stopping after 50 pitches but decided to keep going because he was on a good groove and wanted to make sure it stuck to him.  He also mixed in a lot of curves and sliders because sinking pitches alone won't be enough if he's used as a starter.

===== 2/8 @ 6:25pm

The Hawks are thinking about taking their time with Ayatsugu Yamashita (1st round), much like they did with Kenji Jojima (they kept Jojima at Ni-gun for two years).

Said Sadaharu Oh, "I don't like [telling players] what to do right from the very start.  I think it's best not to try and put them into a box.  It may not be the best phrasing, but I think it should be two years of grazing. ... With Jojima, we just wanted him to play in as many games as possible so we just kept trotting him out there in Ni-gun games.  This is about creating a body that's capable of performing at the professional level."

During BP yesterday, Yamashita took 29 swings and hit 9 over the fence.


There was a meeting yesterday at Ikime-no Mori Athletic Park to explain the new NPB rules.  During the meeting, Koji Akiyama suggested that some stadiums needed to extend their foul poles.

Said Akiyama, "There are a couple of stadiums where the poles are low and I told them that I thought those should be extended.  We do have video replays now, but it can still be difficult to judge.  We had this same problem last year.  I think this is something that would be good for the umpires."