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Yakult Swallows: Training camp for the 2011 draft class begins

by on Jan.11, 2012 @ 6:06 pm, under NPB

Training camp for the 2011 draft class began at the Toda training facilities in Saitama todayWorkouts lasted about three hours and included running, playing catch, and fielding practice.

Junji Ogawa had a chance to introduce himself to the players before the start of practices.  Ogawa also spent some time watching over the workout and was particularly interested in 3rd round draft pick Wataru Hiyane (he likes his speed: 50 meters in 5.9 seconds).

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The Swallows held their first staff meeting of the year in Toda, Saitama today.

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Ryoji Aikawa left for Saipan out of Narita Airport with Yoshinori Sato, Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi, Yuki Mizuno, Masato Nakazawa, Yuichi Matsumoto, and Hitoshi Yamamoto on Tuesday.

Aikawa is hoping to push his weight to about 95-96kg before the start of the season (from around 87kg during the 2011 season; he currently weighs around 93kg) by increasing the amount he eats (like eating five eggs a day and 4-5 meals a day) and adding supplements to his diet.  He has also hired a personal trainer to help him.

Masubuchi told reporters that he would like to throw around 500 pitches (in total) during his workouts in Saipan.