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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 24, 2011

by on Feb.24, 2011 @ 4:19 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Today's practice game against the LG Twins:

The Dragons won the game, 3-2.

Hitoki Iwase tossed a shutout inning in relief (0 hits).

Joel Guzman hit another home run, his third in as many games.  With runners on first and second and no out in the third, Guzman hit a slider out to left-center.  He is now 5-for-15 with 8 RBI in non-intra-squad games.

Masahiko Morino started and third and batted 3rd; he collected two hits.

Yetersday's practice game against the LG Twins:

Toshiya Okada started the game and pitched 3 shutout innings while allowing 2 hits.

===== 2/24 @ 11:04pm

Naomichi Donoue did not play in today's practice game against the LG Twins.  Donoue took a ball of his right chest (while playing at third) during Wednesday's practice game and was probably held out of the game because of that.

===== 2/24 @ 4:19pm

Yudai Ono (1st round) threw 30 pitches in the bullpen today (standing catcher).  Since Ono has been taking things slow as he recovers from left shoulder pains, this was his first bullpen session during spring camp.

Ono - "I was feeling pretty good while playing catch, so I thought I'd try throwing off a mound where there's an incline.  I never thought I'd be able to throw in the bullpen during spring camp."


Toshiya Okada threw 108 pitches in the bullpen after his practice game start yesterday.  Over two practice game outings, Okada has not allowed a run over 5 innings of work.


While Kazuhiro Wada is more or less penciled in to bat fourth in the line-up, Hiromitsu Ochiai may be willing to move Wada to the 5-hole if another batter can step up and take on the responsibility of batting clean-up.  Wada has already told reporters that he doesn't consider himself a clean-up hitter so moving him wouldn't be a problem.

So far, Joel Guzman appears to be the best candidate.  That means the Dragons could have the following heart of the order: Masahiko Morino, Guzman, Wada, and Tony Blanco.