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Big Four: Saito, Oishi, Sawamura, Fukui (March 8, 2011)

by on Mar.08, 2011 @ 2:24 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, Tatsuya Oishi, and Hirokazu Sawamura, and / or Yuya Fukui.

===== 3/8 @ 3:44pm

Oishi's next start will in an Ikusei League game against Yomiuri on the 10th.

===== 3/8 @ 2:24pm

Saito worked out for about 2 hours at Kamagaya today (catch, trunk muscle exercises).  He also spent some time talking to Yu Darvish about his training methods.


Saito is expected to toss 2-3 bullpens at Kamagaya before his start against the Yokohama Bay Stars on the 13th.


Because Oishi's start was canceled today due to poor field conditions due to snowfall, he threw about 50 pitches in the bullpen.


According to Nikkan Sports, Sawamura told reporters that he wants to continue working on his fastball and forgo working on any new pitches, like the cutter.  Sanspo mentions that Sawamura also wants to polish his curve after seeing how Masahiro Tanaka used it so well during his outing against the Seibu Lions on the 6th.


Candidates for the Carp starting rotation has been narrowed down to 8 pitchers, of which Fukui is one them.

Fukui's next appearance will be a start on the 10th during an Ikusei League game against Softbank (3 innings).  How he pitches during this game will likely go a long way towards determining whether or not he'll make the starting rotation.

On Monday, Fukui threw over 60 pitches in the bullpen.