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Yomiuri Giants: January 19, 2012

by on Jan.19, 2012 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB

The Giants held a staff meeting today at a hotel in Tokyo to go over how they plan to approach the 2012 season.  They also decided on spring camp assignments -- the official list will be released on 1/23; 20 position players and 18 pitchers will be going to Ichi-gun camp; and every member of the 2011 draft class will most likely start things off at Ni-gun camp.

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3rd round draft pick Ryuji Ichioka worked out with Ikusei 4th round draft pick Chikara Yoshikawa during their day off today.  Workouts included playing catch -- they threw the ball around 30-40 times.

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Head coach Kaoru Okazaki plans to require all Ichi-gun position players take practice swings during evening practices at spring camp.  That includes the veterans.  And it seems working on offense will be a big part of spring camp this year.

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Tetsuya Matsumoto has been working on making adjustments to his hitting mechanics, like hitting the ball a little further out in front.