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Yuki Saito Spring Camp News and Notes: February 22, 2011

by on Feb.22, 2011 @ 10:53 am, 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.

===== 2/22 @ 1:52pm

Saito threw 61 pitches in the bullpen today.  He was originally scheduled to toss about 50, but threw a little more because he hit a good groove.

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It seems the pitching coaches decided that they'll check in on Saito on daily basis to make sure he's doing ok.

===== 2/22 @ 10:53pm

Pitchers are slowly beginning to switch over to their regular in-season workout schedule (which involves pitches making preparations for their next out), but pitching coach Hiroshi Shibakusa reportedly wants Saito to continue with his spring camp training to build up his body instead (since he missed some time with his stomach problems).

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Saito is thinking about adding throwing with his non-dominant hand (left) into his workouts after seeing how Yu Darvish relies on it to help improve his balance.  Saito caught about 10 left-handed throws with a catcher's mitt before switching out with the team interpreter so that Darvish could throw "for real" (about 110km/h).