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Hanshin Tigers: January 15, 2012

by on Jan.15, 2012 @ 8:11 pm, under NPB

1st round draft pick Hayata Ito worked out on his day off today: he spent about 30 minutes running and about an hour in the cages.

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Kentaro Sekimoto, Atsushi Nomi, Shinji Komiyama, and Kohei Shibata worked out for about six hours at Ginoza Stadium in Okinawa today.  Workouts included running, playing catch, and warm-ups.  Nomi also tossed BP to the other three players.

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Takashi Shimizu and Issei Morita participated in the Hoekago Parade at Harimanokuni Sosha Itatehyozu Shrine in Himeji, Hyogo today.

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Takumi Akiyama could toss a bullpen session as early as Monday (1/16).

Seems Akiyama also took a fairly hard hit with the reality stick: after his first year with the Tigers he spent about a week signing autographs for people back home; this year, it took him just one day.

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Shinjiro Hiyama is hoping he will be ready to begin swinging the bat with both hands by the time spring camp begins.  For now, he will continue to rehab/strengthen his left shoulder while swinging a shorter/lighter practice bat with just his right hand.  He will also spend another week or so in Guam (he supposedly left today).

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Shingo Matsuzaki worked out at Naruohama on Saturday for the first time since joining the team via trade from the Rakuten Eagles (he also finished moving into his new place on Friday).  Matsuzaki's workouts included running, playing catch, and lifting weights.

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2nd round draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi might be cleared to join the rest of the 2011 draft class for workouts beginning on 1/16.  Saiuchi had been working out under a separate training program due to a right ankle sprain.  He was seen playing catch at a distance of about 70 meters during workouts on Saturday.

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The media learned on Saturday that Daiki Enokida will most likely be handled as a starter during spring camp and that pitcher roles will be finalized in mid-April.

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Yutaka Wada appeared on MBS's Seyanen! on Saturday and spoke about how he would use Kyuji Fujikawa in the 7th inning if he had another closer to turn to.

"You want to try and stop the opposition's momentum in the 7th inning and I have this strong impression of Kyuji [Fujikawa] doing that when the Tigers finished in first in 2005 and then there is [Takuya] Asao entering games in the 7th...  Having someone like that can change the way the offense operates," said Wada.

He then added, "I only spoke about this because it was brought up, but right now Kyuji will close and we will need to figure out whom to pitch in the 7th and 8th innings. ... I will not say there is no chance for it, but if [Yasutomo] Kubo is pitching well...  I mean, I have this image of Kubo pitching well in relief back when I was a batting coach.

"I want to throw out any prior roles and look at all the player with a fresh pair of eyes and then think about where they fit in.  I want to reconsider all of it, line-ups, pitcher roles..."

Wada also mentioned the possibility of batting Tomoaki Kanemoto 6th and Craig Brazell 7th in the line-up.  1st round draft pick Ito could get a look in the two hole.