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Nippon Ham Fighters Spring Camp News and Notes: February 15, 2011

by on Feb.15, 2011 @ 5:23 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/15 @ 10:15pm

Kazumasa Kikuchi will be sent down to Ni-gun spring camp due to tightness in his right shoulder.  Pitching coach Hiroshi Shibakusa told reporters it wasn't a serious condition and that Kikuchi is expected to return sometime in March during the exhibition game season.


Koyano took 45 swings during BP today and hit 12 over the fence.  He also took some fielding practice as well.


Kazuhiro Kiyohara visited the Fighters' spring camp facilities today.

===== 2/15 @ 5:23pm

Yu Darvish threw 89 pitches in the bullpen today (Shinya Tsuruoka was his catcher).  Darvish also had scout Kazuyuki Atsuzawa stand on both sides of the plate during the session.  Darvish is currently scheduled to pitch in a practice game on the 19th.


Eiichi Koyano was sent up to Ichi-gun camp while Kenji Sato was sent down to Ni-gun camp.  Sato was hit by a pitch on his right knee and the Fighters want to give him time to fully heal.