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Hiroshima Carp: Kenta Kurihara heads to Okinawa to continue his training

by on Jan.09, 2012 @ 4:32 pm, under NPB

Kenta Kurihara left for Okinawa out of Hiroshima Airport today.  Before leaving, he told reporters that his goal for 2012 was to hit 30 homers.

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Takuro Ishii's workouts at Mazda Stadium on Sunday lasted about nine hours.  He later told reporters that he was around 60-70% (he is coming back from right knee surgery in October 2011).  Ishii has also hired Takuya Suzukawa as a personal trainer to assist him with his rehab.

Ishii is just 80 plate appearances away from becoming the ninth player in NPB history to reach 10,000.