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PL News and Notes: Yuki Saito throws (HAM) 36 pitches in the bullpen

by on May.25, 2011 @ 12:00 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Tsuyoshi Wada will probably start tomorrow's game against the Yomiuri Giants.

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Jose Ortiz (making his way back from a left hamstring strain) will play in his first rehab game on the 28th against the Kagawa Olive Guyners (Island League).  He was originally scheduled to play in two San-gun practice games on the 21st and 23rd, but was scratched from both games due to tightness in his back.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito threw 36 pitches (including his off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today (squatting catcher).  This was Saito's first real bullpen session since his injury.  Said Saito, "I felt no pain.  I'm making good progress.  I was also able to focus on my control.  100%?  Yes, I think so."  Ni-gun manager Shinichi Igarashi added, "I doesn't seem like there's any concern for injury again.  Now if he can throw another bullpen session with the same kind of quality pitches, but this time throw 50..."

Saito will toss another session on the 26th and if he's feeling fine after that, the next step would be a 2-inning rehab start.

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Masaru Takeda is the only pitcher, since the start of the two league system, to make 5 starts and have 0 run support.

Orix Buffaloes

Maeda Maeda will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on the 28th (vs Chunichi) as part of a PR tour for a movie called Kiseki.

Rakuten Eagles

Satoshi Nagai will likely start tomorrow's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

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Senichi Hoshino told reporters today that he was really frustrated at how bad his pitchers were in keeping runners close to the bags (seems he wasn't too happy that Masahiro Araki was able to steal two bases during Monday's game).  Said Hoshino, "Our pitchers have awful pick-off moves and aren't good as speeding up their deliveries with runners on base. ... In terms of information, we can't be beat.  I mean, we've given out iPads to all our players.  This shouldn't be happening.  The pitchers need to work on speeding up their deliveries."