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Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 1:16 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/13 @ 9:32pm

In preparation for intra-squad game appearances on the 21st, both Toshiya Sugiuchi and Tsuyoshi Wada threw bullpen sessions today -- Sugiuchi threw 150 pitches and Wada threw 110 pitches.


Yuichi Honda skipped out of afternoon practice today due to tightness in his lower body.  According to the club, it's nothing serious (doesn't warrant a hospital visit).


Alex Cabrera ramped up his workouts a little today -- he played some catch and spent time working on his hitting (soft-toss, cages, live arms).  He also told reporters that his back was feeling better ever day and that the tightness was going away.


Former welterweight kickboxer Masato visited the Hawks' spring camp facilities today for a TV sports program today.

===== 2/13 @ 1:16pm

It seems there a good chance that Tsuyoshi Wada won't be able to use his new glove during official games this year.  The reason: the umpiring crew claims that the "W" stitched into the glove was considered an illegal modification.  The issue will be brought up during an equipment meeting that will be taking place soon.  Chances are high that they will confirm that the modification is illegal.

"Having something stamped is permissible.  However, cutting something in order to put words on an item is not allowed on items used during official games.  There a good chance Wada's glove will fall into this category," said an unnamed umpire.

That would mean a portion of the glove was cut so that the "W" could be stitched into the glove.

Said Wada, "And I just started getting used to it.  Why are they saying now?  My only choice is to get this glove fixed."

Wada also complained of some tightness in his left shoulder on the 10th, but was able to do long distance throws yesterday.  As of yesterday, he was also scheduled to toss a bullpen session today.


Both Hiroki Kokubo and Alex Cabrera told reporters yesterday that they plan on being in the starting line-up for the team's first exhibition game on the 26th.  As of now, it appears there's a good chance Kokubo will start at first with Cabrera as the DH.  Part of this likely has to do with the fact that Cabrera already missed three days of fielding practice due to tightness in his lower back.  And assuming his back is feeling fine, should be ok to start taking BP in the indoor cages today.  And then there's Kokubo -- he has already taken part in situational fielding practice and various infield drills and has been fairly vocal on the field.