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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 16, 2011

by on Feb.16, 2011 @ 5:45 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/16 @ 11:15pm

So maybe Wei-Ying Chen hasn't fully recovered yet.  Chen was excused from practice today, no reasons were given.

===== 2/16 @ 5:45pm

Daisuke Yamai, Kenichi Nakata, Maximo Nelson, Ryuya Ogawa, Ryosuke Oguma, and Junki Ito took part in BP today at the suggestion of head coach Shigekazu Mori.  In addition to regular BP against living pitchers, the 6 pitchers also took BP in the cages and rapid fire toss BP.

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Shinji Iwata threw 63 pitches in the bullpen today.

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Tony Blanco did ok with the bat against the Samsung Lions yesterday, but did run into a few problems in right field.

3rd inning - with a runner on first and no out, he jumped to try and catch a ball he wasn't going to reach and allowed the ball to get passed him and the batter-runner ultimately managed to get to the third; on the next play he misjudged a fly ball that ultimately allowed the runner at third to tag up and score without much difficulty.

5th inning - with runners on first and third and 2 out, Blanco took his first few steps in the wrong direction (toward the foul line) and failed to keep the ball in front of him, resulting in a 2-run double.

8th inning - with runners on first and third and 2 out, he cleanly field a single, but made a bad throw to the cutoff man that ended up allowing the runner on first to score.

After the game, Blanco also took some extra fielding practice out in right.