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Yuki Saito Spring Camp News and Notes: February 18, 2011

by on Feb.18, 2011 @ 12:05 pm, 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.

===== 2/18 @ 8:48pm

Junji Ogawa told reporters today that he was thinking about batting Norichika Aoki, Hiroyasu Tanaka, and Shinichi Takeuchi at the top of the line-up when the Yakult Swallows take on Saito and the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 20th.  All three players, and Saito, are alums of Waseda University.

===== 2/18 @ 12:05pm

The Fighters decided yesterday that Saito will be getting the practice game start against the Yakult Swallows on the 20th.  Regarding the start, Saito told reporters that he wanted to get hit so that he could see how good he really was and work on pitching with runners on base.

And during his bullpen session yesterday, Saito worked on pitching from the set position.  Yu Darvish, who was pitching near him, also spent some time pitching out of the set position and gave Saito the chance to see what he did.


After practice yesterday, reporters asked Saito if there was anything he planned on working on moving forward.  Saito replied, "I'd have to say my control.  I felt [from the practice game I pitched in] that if I can locate my pitches well, I'll be alright.  I'd like to make this my theme over my career."

FWIW: Saito once told pitching coach Masato Yoshii that his pitcher was Greg Maddux.