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Hanshin Tigers Spring Camp News and Notes: February 22, 2011

by on Feb.22, 2011 @ 12:08 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Yesterday's intra-squad game:

Randy Messenger tossed 2 innings in relief for the red team and did not allow a run on 2 hits.

Yuya Nohara hit a home run to right in his at bat in the 9th inning.

Takuya Takahama picked up 2 hits.

===== 2/23 @ 12:43am

Jojima continued to work out under a separate training program today.  Part of his program today including stopping / going / sidestepping while running.  After practice, he told reporters he felt no pain or discomfort in his left knee.

===== 2/22 @ 10:10pm

Kubo threw over 300 pitches in the bullpen today.

===== 2/22 @ 3:38pm

Ni-gun spring camp in Aki, Kochi ended today.


Matt Murton and Craig Brazell each took 76 swings swings during lunchtime BP today and each hit 11 over the fence.


Kenji Jojima's workouts yesterday included running, BP, and playing catch.  He also closed things out with a dash at full speed.

At this point, it appears Jojima is about 10 days ahead of schedule.  He told reporters the biggest thing was that he never had any problems with swelling in his left knee during spring camp.

===== 2/22 @ 12:08pm

The Tigers decided yesterday to call up the following 6 players from Ni-gun camp: Hirotaka Egusa, Ryuji Wakatake, Takuya Takahama, Ikuro Katsuragi, Yuya Nohara, and Keisuke Kano.  Ni-gun camp ends today.


Akinobu Mayumi told reporters that he likes what he sees in Yusuke Kuroda so far (he's making the change from pitcher to position player), especially his speed and his throwing arm.


Atsushi Nomi and Yasutomo Kubo both tossed bullpen sessions yesterday -- Nomi threw 165 pitches and Kubo 132.


Tomoyuki Kubota threw 36 pitches in the bullpen yesterday; it was his third bullpen in as many days.  The Tigers are also hoping he'll be able to toss BP during the final block of spring camp (sometime on the 24th or 25th).


The advance scouts in the stands were reportedly impressed with Hiroyuki Kobayashi's fork.  While usually thrown with the ball in between the index finger and the middle finger, Kobayashi throws it more with his thumb and middle finger.  The end result is apparently a pitch somewhere in between a change and fork.