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PL News and Notes: January 13, 2012

by on Jan.14, 2012 @ 2:21 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama was a presenter at the 46th Big Sports Awards Ceremony on Friday.  He was also presented with the TV Asahi Sports Honorary Merit Award.

Seibu Lions

The Lions posted details to their 2012 Seibu Lions Kick-off Event on 1/27.

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Yasuyuki Kataoka worked out at the Tokyo Gas training facilities on Friday.  Kataoka had surgery on his left shoulder in October and told reporters that while he was able to swing the bat to some degree, he still needed more time.

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1st round draft pick Ken Togame could toss a bullpen session some time during the third block of training camp (which begins on 1/17).  On Friday, Togame paced the other members of the 2011 draft class during interval runs between the foul poles.

2nd round draft pick Hirotaka Koishi told reporters he submitted an entry into the 16th Itoen Oi Ocha Shin Haiku Contest and won the Todofuken Award (5,000 yen and his haiku gets published on the PET bottle label).  His entry, for those interested: 二人きり いつも以上の 心臓音.  Koishi is also hoping to toss a bullpen session around 1/20.

Chiba Lotte Marines

During workouts at QVC Marine on Friday, Yasuhiko Yabuta played catch at a distance of about 30 meters and had his partner squatting.  Yabuta is hoping to toss a bullpen session some time around 1/15.