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PL News and Notes: January 18, 2012

by on Jan.19, 2012 @ 12:07 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

1st round draft pick Ken Togame threw 19 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday (standing catcher).

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Yasuyuki Kataoka could begin the season at Ni-gun because the Lions do not want to rush him back from the shoulder dislocation injury he suffered October.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes released a spring camp logo on Wednesday.  They also plan to release merchandise carrying the logo.

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The third block of training camp for the 2011 draft class began on Wednesday.

3rd round draft pick Tatsuya Sato tossed 30 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday (standing catcher) under the watchful eye of the other coaches, including pitching coach Hiroshi Kobayashi.  Sato also mixed in his slider and fork and later told reporters he threw at about 70%.

Chiba Lotte Marines

1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka plans to toss a bullpen session on Thursday -- about 30 pitches to a standing catcher.  This will be his first session since October 2011.