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CL News and Notes: Hirokazu Ibata (CHU) starts taking batting practice

by on Aug.09, 2011 @ 1:24 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata started taking BP at Nagoya Stadium today for the first time since his injury (right index finger) -- he spent about 20 minutes taking 125 swings against Ni-gun manager Kazuki Inoue.

Said Ibata, "I didn't feel any pain.  I think I'm good to go.  I should be fine to make the active roster if I can hit a couple more times down here.

Ibata could return to the active roster some time around the 16th, when the Dragons begin a series against the Yomiuri Giants (Nagoya Dome).

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows traveled to Hiroshima from Osaka today.  They also spent about 2 hours working out at Mazda Stadium.

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The Swallows will be hosting 7-Eleven Day on the 12th (vs Hanshin).

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp will be holding general tryouts for their team on 9/24 at Mazda Stadium.  Some of the requirements include being: male; between the ages 17 and 24; and at least 175cm tall.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars held practices at Nagano Olympic Stadium todayNorihiro Nakamura spend some time taking BP and hit a couple out against Takao Obana.