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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 21, 2011

by on Feb.21, 2011 @ 2:33 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


The Dragons have the day off today.

===== 2/21 @ 10:51pm

Kenta Asakura worked out on his day off today (practice included 30 minutes of catch).  When the media tried to approach Asakura, he turned them away by suggesting that they also take the day off.

Asakura is currently scheduled to pitch against the Hanwha Eagles tomorrow.

===== 2/21 @ 9:08pm

Wei-Ying Chen worked out on his day off today -- he spent some time in the weight room.

Chen - "I really can't do any practicing right now.  I don't really want to think about it.  I just need to do whatever I can and get back to being able to throw as soon as possible."


The Dragons announced today that actress Emi Takei will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Nagoya Dome on Opening Day (3/25).

===== 2/21 @ 2:33pm

Kazuki Yoshimi told reporters that he's still holding out on hope that he'll be ready for opening day.

Yoshimi - "I think it's only natural to shoot for opening day if you have even just 1% of a chance.  I'm planning on pitching in the bullpen during the next block of camp.  Once I do that, I'll have a better idea of what I need to work on.  I can't say things have gone according to plan, but I am making progress."

Yoshimi is making his way back from right elbow surgery.


Masahiro Yamamoto played catch (about 30 tosses) at a max distance of about 50 meters yesterday.  Since the field was wet, he played catch in the parking lot.  He later told reporters that he wouldn't toss any bullpen sessions until he has had a chance to run some sprints and do some long tosses.