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PL News and Notes: December 23, 2011

by on Dec.24, 2011 @ 1:20 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Nobuhiro Matsuda has hit eyes set on a batting .300, hitting 30 homers, and stealing 30 bases, all while batting lead-off (although Matsuda figures Yuichi Honda will be batting lead-off).

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Shuhei Fukuda will be prepared to play seven positions -- all three outfield positions and all four infield positions.  He also told reporters on Thursday that he will be playing with some loose cartilage (about 1.5cm) in his right elbow next season (he plans on having surgery after the 2012 season).

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Shinsuke Ogura will be getting a new uniform number next season: from 11 to 16.

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi returned from Australia on Friday.

Kikuchi: 1-2, 5 G, 5 GS, 24.2 IP, 28 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 10 BB, 22 SO, 4.38 ERA

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito is scheduled to workout with Chunichi Dragon Masahiro Yamamoto at World Wing Gym in Tottori in January.

The media also learned on Thursday that Saito will be using a bat that is based off Hirokazu Ibata's bat next season.

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Okada took off for a family vacation in Hawaii on Thursday.  Okada not only packed his golf clubs, but also his bat.

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Mitsutaka Goto told reporters on Thursday that he plans to do a five-day fast at some point before the end of the year.

Rakuten Eagles

Ryohei Isaka worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Friday and told reporters that he was glad that he participated in the Australian Winter Leagues because he had a chance to work on his two-seamer.