Kenji Jojima did some throwing during practice today, including long distance throws (at about 80 meters) and throwing the ball between third and first while sitting. Jojima told reporters he felt confident about being ready and catch an exhibition game as earlya s the 16th (vs Lotte).
Sanspo notes that Atsushi Nomi has never suffered a broken nail and hates using the rosin bag.
Matt Murton went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts yesterday. After the game, he stayed back for about 2 hours (game ended at 3:47pm and he left the stadium at 5:43pm) and apparently spent some time talking to batting coaches Yutaka Wada and Atsushi Kataoka. Seems Murton was trying to see if the coaches noticed anything wrong -- he wanted to make sure he was doing what he wanted and not falling into any bad habits.
FYI: Murton went 0-for-3 today (strikeout, fly out to center, GIDP).
Craig Brazell was 5-for-12 in 5 exhibition games, heading into today. He also picked up another hit today (he went 1-for-2) and has now hit safely in 5 straight games.
Shugo Fujii will be starting tomorrow's Ikusei League game against Seibu (at Seibu).
Jonathan Albaladejo threw 38 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. No word on when he'll be pitching, but he will be joining the Ichi-gun roster on the 11th (vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium).
Hayato Sakamoto started wearing new cleats on the 8th. In terms of size and shape, they're basically the same as last year, but their about 10 grams lighters (from 310 to under 300).
From yesterday's Ikusei League game today vs Yokohama:
Micheal Nakamura entered the game in the 6th and tossed a shutout inning in relief; he also gave up 1 hit.
Takayuki Terauchi started at short and batted 2nd. He collected a hit in all 4 of his trips to the plate.
Kentaro Kyuko (5th round) wore contact lens during his outing yesterday after he had trouble reading the signs from the catcher during his first outing on the 6th.
Yuya Fukui (1st round) started an Ikusei League game today (his first "pro" start) against Softbank and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits over 3 innings of work. He also topped out at 139km/h and was charged with a balk.
Kenta Maeda's got his new insoles (2 pairs for his cleats and 2 pairs for his training sneakers) yesterday. Maeda started using the insoles last summer and found them to be beneficial in relieving the strain from his legs.
Maeda was first introduced Matsumoto Gishi Seisakusho (the company that makes the insoles) in late May 2010. When he visited them for a fitting, they took a mold of his feet and also videotaped him (hi-speed camera) while walking and running.
Tomohiro Umetsu threw 111 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.