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Hanshin Tigers: 4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito tosses bullpen sessions on consecutive days

by on Jan.17, 2012 @ 11:10 pm, under NPB

The Tigers held a moment of silence for victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake at 10:00am before practices at Naruohama today.

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake.

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Tatsuya Kojima threw about 80 pitches in the bullpen today -- about 20 to a standing catcher and 60 (all fastballs) to a squatting catcher.

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Yuya Ando, Tomoyuki Kubota, and Taichi Okazaki worked out in Ginoza, Okinawa today.  Both Ando and Kubota tossed BP to Okazaki.

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Kyuji Fujikawa is currently working out with Kazuya Tsutsui, Ken Nishimura, and Naoto Tsuru at Ginoza Stadium in Okinawa.

Fujikawa feels Tsuru might make a step forward in his development this year.

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Shinjiro Hiyama started working out in Guam again on Monday.  Due to poor weather, Hiyama spent about three hours working out indoors -- treadmill, inner muscle exercises.  He plans to begin one-handed BP once the weather clears up.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito started taking BP on Monday -- about a 100 swings in around 30 minutes, with a focus on hitting the ball the opposite direction.

The Tigers decided to hold off on allowing 2nd round draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi to join the rest of the 2011 draft class for workouts on Monday because they do not want to rush him and because they want to give him a little more time to catch up.  Saiuchi is working his way back from a right ankle sprain.

About 20 members of the media watched 4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito toss a bullpen session on Monday.  ... Ito held another bullpen session today and threw 40 pitches (all fastballs) to a standing catcher.

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Minoru Iwata has posted three new possible designs for the cheer bracelets he will be selling this year.

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The Hokokai (後援会), a support group for Yutaka Wada, was launched on MondayAbout 50 people attended the group's first gathering.

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The Tenchikai (天地会), a group made up of coaches, players, and staff that were involved in the Hanshin team that won a championship in 1985 and finished in last in 1987, attended a New Year's gathering today.  Amongst some of the members: Yoshio Yoshida, Yutaka Wada, Akinobu Okada, and Akinobu Mayumi.