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Yakult Swallows: Shohei Tateyama returns to Hawaii to continue rehab/training

by on Jan.13, 2012 @ 10:03 pm, under NPB

The Swallows held a 1,500 meter run during training camp for the 2011 draft class today.  6th round draft pick Masato Furuno finished in first with a time of 5 minutes and 9 seconds.  3rd round draft pick Wataru Hiyane finished in fourth with a time of 5 minutes and 31 seconds and told reporters he was not very good a long distance running.

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Mikinori Kato worked out for about three hours with Kazuo Matsui today.  He later spoke to reporters and said that while he wanted to make the starting rotation, he was more than happy to pitch in any situation, so long as he got a chance to pitch.

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Shingo Kawabata is currently working out with Kentaro Kyuko and Kyohei Muranaka.  Kawabata, coming back from a TFCC injury, told reporters he was no longer feeling pain in his right wrist and had to now work on strengthening it.

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Shohei Tateyama flew back to Hawaii on Thursday in order to continue his rehab/training in the warmer weather (through to the 1/23).

Tateyama had surgery to fix a blood flow problem in his finger on 11/11/2011 and ended up with a total 46 stitches (spread around his arm, palm and middle/index fingers).  The team announced it would take four to five months for complete recovery, but now it seems there is a good chance he will be able to toss a bullpen session on the first day of camp, about two weeks ahead of schedule.

Tateyama has already played catch at distances of around 40 meters and has improved the grip strength in his right hand from 20kg to 47kg.  His workouts in Hawaii have so far included running, biking, and swimming.

FYI: Tateyama told reporters he probably now has close to 100 stitches in his right arm (one right shoulder surgery, two right elbow surgeries, and the surgery mentioned above).