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Yuki Saito Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 7:20 am, under NPB

This post will be updated with information as it becomes available so keep checking back if you have any interest in Yuki Saito.

===== 2/13 @ 8:35pm

Around 5,200 fans were on hand to catch a glimpse of Saito pitch today.

Saito threw a total 14 pitches in his outing.  His next outing could come in a practice game against the Yakult Swallows on the 20th (maybe 2 innings).

===== 2/13 @ 4:20pm

A little more on Saito's outing:

The first pitch he threw was an fastball on the outside corner for a strike.

First batter went to a full count before striking out swinging on a slider.

Second batter also went to a full count before grounding out to short on a fastball.

Third batter grounded out to second on a 1-0 fastball.

===== 2/13 @ 2:22pm

Saito entered the game in the 4th inning against Samsung and retired the side in order: strikeout swinging, ground out to short, ground out to second.

===== 2/13 @ 12:44pm

Saito arrived at the stadium an hour later than usual today (10am).  He told reporters he had a meeting last night with Shinya Tsuruoka to talk about strategy.

Saito - "I told him I'd like to throw a lot of fastballs.  [It's only a 1 inning outing] but I want to try and throw as many pitches as possible."

===== 2/13 @ 7:20am

The Fighters will be beefing up security today; from their usual 12 up to 27.

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Today's scheduled outing will be Saito's first game since 11/18/2010.

Saito told reporters yesterday that he'll stick primarily to fastballs (while mixing curves) during his outing and that his first pitch will probably be a fastball.  When asked where he was in terms of being ready for regular season games (on a scale of 1-10), Saito said he was probably around a 7 and that the remaining 3 were dependent on him getting more outings during practice games and situational / simulated outings.

Saito is also planning on checking on the following three things during his outing:

Verify quality of fastball - "I don't care about swinging strikes.  I want to be able to throw the ball easy.  And pitches that are fouled back can usually say a lot about how good a fastball is."

Batter reactions - "I want to see what happens when [batters] foul pitches off or what happens when they get jammed.  I also want to take in the environment."

Control - "I want to focus on my control and throw the pitches where I need to."