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Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 10, 2011

by on Feb.10, 2011 @ 9:15 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Yuichi Honda took extra fielding practice today at second to work on his footwork and on his throws.

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Shota Oba had his right shoulder (tightness) examined during his day off yesterday and the results can back negative.  Oba was back at practice today and is expected to toss a bullpen session at some point in the near future.

Hiroyuki Kawahara, hit in the head by a thrown baseball during practice on the 8th, will likely be able to return to general practice on the 11th.  He spent the day today doing light workouts.

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Hiroki Kokubo has been using two types of bats during spring camp BP this year.  One is a Jose Ortiz model bat that he managed to get a hold of last year and a Roberto Petagine bat.  And the new bat he's having Mizuno create for him to use during the regular season this year could be a mix of the two bats -- Ortiz bat head with a Petagine bat handle.

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Despite already have perfect vision without glasses (1.0 in Japan; 20/20 in the US), Nobuhiro Matsuda is thinking about adding contacts to give him better than perfect vision.

Said Matsuda, "I've been thinking about wearing contact this season.  I thought it might help me see the ball better.  I'll discuss this with my eye doctor and then make a final decision."