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CL News and Notes: January 21, 2012

by on Jan.22, 2012 @ 1:08 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Shinji Iwata worked out with the rest of the players at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday.

Iwata had been training in Australia (Gold Coast) for about twelve days beginning on January 8.

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Takeshi Yamasaki managed to drop 7kg during his workouts in Hawaii and now weighs 101kg.  Yamasaki plans to continue pushing himself during spring camp - no golf, reinvent his batting mechanics, take lots of fielding practice, and no preferential treatment because he is a veteran.

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Yamaguchi worked out for about three hours at Giants Stadium on Saturday (running, playing catch).

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Yoshiyuki Kamei closed out his workouts in Miyazaki and returned to Tokyo on Saturday.

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Ryosuke Miyaguni workouts on Friday lasted about four hours.  He also ran ten 50 meter dashes and threw the ball about 50 times during catch (with the trainer keeping a close eye on him).

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Michihiro Ogasawara, Kazunari Sanematsu, and Daijiro Tanaka worked out for about eight hours at Konoha Dome on Friday.  Ogasawara's workouts included about an hour and fifteen minutes of trunk strengthening exercises, soft toss BP using just the left and right hands (140 swings in all), soft toss BP using both hands together (154 swings), and 52 swings against BP pitcher Masakatsu Shirai.

Hiroshima Carp

1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura put up good numbers during the team's fitness test on Friday.

"There are differences for players out of high school and players out of college, but if you look at just the numbers, Nomura is better [than Kenta Maeda when he first joined the team]," said athletic trainer Ren Ayata.

2nd round draft pick Ryosuke Kikuchi also did well on Friday.

"Kikuchi is tops in the 2011 draft class for explosive power.  He has speed that rivals players like Eishin Soyogi, Soichiro Amaya, Yoshihiro Maru, and Tomohiro Abe," said Ayata.

FYI: Kikuchi never did any weight training until he decided to turn pro.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata wants position players to swing the bat between 1,000 to 1,500 times a day during spring camp.

Nakahata visited Minamisoma and met mayor Katsunobu Sakurai today.  He also spent time meeting with fans.