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CL News and Notes: December 7, 2011

by on Dec.08, 2011 @ 1:12 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiko Morino is hoping to lose about 5kg during the winter (he currently weighs 92kg).

Hanshin Tigers

Masanori Fujihara was a civil rights committee member for the day on Wednesday.  Fujihara helped pass out fliers in front of Amagaseki Station in Nishinomiya, Hyogo.

Naoto Tsuru (2010) and Yamato (2009) were committee members for the day the previous two years.

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Shinjiro Hiyama visited Koshien Stadium on Tuesday to give the team an update on his fractured collarbone.

Regarding his current condition: the fracture has not yet healed, but Hiyama is hoping he will be able to move around normally before the end of the year (he is currently able to raise his arm about half-way up).  He is not allowed to run because it will prevent the fracture from healing properly.  Since there are no issues with his legs, he plans to continue doing leg workouts.  And since he throws with his right arm, he can also play catch.  The next 2-3 weeks will important to his recovery.

Hiyama is hopeful that he will be able to make it back in time for opening day.

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Takahiro Arai apparently wishes there were no rules that kept pro yakyu players from coaching amateur players (university/high school) because he wants to pass on his knowledge.  His ideal situation would be to randomly drop by a stadium he is passing to give players advice.

Yomiuri Giants

Kenji Yano met with the front office on Tuesday for salary negotiations and decided to hold off on agreeing to a deal.  Yano waited out the Giants last year as well -- he met with them three times before finally agreeing to an offer on 1/5/2011.

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Tetsuya Utsumi will continue his workouts at Giants Stadium this month before heading off to train in Guam in January.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows announced the following uniform number changes on Wednesday: Shingo Kawabata, from 36 t0 5; Mikinori Kato, from 16 to 46; and OF/base-running coach Tetsuya Iida, from 85 to 88.

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Shinya Miyamoto plans on asking the team if they can increase the number of trainers they have during his salary negotiations on Thursday.

The media also learned that Miyamoto will be holding a baseball clinic for kids at Kesennuma, Miyagi on 12/18, one day after attending Mizuno Baseball Festival at Fuji University in Hanamaki, Iwate (12/17).

Hiroshima Carp

Jun Hirose was given the following three bits of advice from professional golfer Masahiro Kuramoto: 1) do not live in the past 2) do not try to predict the future, and 3) learn how to live in the moment.

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The Carp see Nick Stavinoha as a number five batter.