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PL News and Notes: November 28, 2011

by on Nov.29, 2011 @ 12:47 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced on Monday that they will send Teruaki Yoshikawa and Kenta Imamiya overseas to play winter ball -- Yoshikawa to Puerto Rico and Imamiya to Australia.  They will both leave Japan on 12/2 and return before the end of the month (Imamiya on 12/23).

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Koji Akiyama told reporters on Sunday that he could see Wily Mo Pena batting fourth in the line-up.  Sadaharu Oh added that the biggest thing they expected out of Pena was his power, something none of their Japanese players had.

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Hiroki Kokubo's goal for 2012 is to play in all 144 games at first base.  He is also scheduled to get his necked examined (11/28) and is expected to make a decision regarding whether or not to have neck surgery within the next few days (he told reporters that he currently felt no pain but still needed to talk it over with doctors and his trainer).

Seibu Lions

The Lions' players group held their Nokai (final meeting of the year) in Hakone, Kanagawa on Monday and named Takumi Kuriyama their chairman; Takeya Nakamura and Takayuki Kishi vice chairmen; Kazuhisa Makita treasurer; and Ginjiro secretary.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Norifumi Nishimura told reporters he was thinking about moving Takashi Ogino back into the outfield next season because playing short on a daily basis might be too much for player that has had surgery on his right knee three times in two years (5/26/2010, 5/25/2011, and 8/25/2011).

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Takeda plans on working out in Nakaizu during the off-season (first time in 6 years, a training location he frequented when he played for Industrial league team Shidax).  Former Shidax teammate Takahiko Nomaguchi (YOM) is also scheduled to join him.

Orix Buffaloes

Fumihiro Suzuki was named the team's newest player's group chairman on Monday.  Mamoru Kishida and Keiji Obiki were named vice chairmen.

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Kishida told reporters on Sunday that he plans to begin his 2012 workouts on January 1st.

Rakuten Eagles

The media learned that the Eagles will hold spring camp in three locations next year: two weeks in Kumejima; about two weeks in Kin, Okinawa; and then beginning around 3/10, a five-day mini-camp in Kurashiki, Okayama.