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Hanshin Tigers: January 24, 2012

by on Jan.24, 2012 @ 1:45 pm, under NPB

Tomoaki Kanemoto visited Koshien on Monday and met team president Nobuo Minami for the first time this year.  Minami later spoke to reporters about their meeting and said that he was surprised at how good Kanemoto looked.

"I met him for the first time this year and he looked really healthy.  Full of energy.  I was surprised," said Minami.

He continued, "When I asked how his right shoulder was doing, he told me it was great and that he was ok.  Very promising [news]."

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Shinjiro Hiyama returned from rehabbing in Guam on Saturday (January 21).  He took the day off on Sunday and was at Koshien on Monday to continue his training.  He also told reporters that he started playing catch during his last round of workouts in Guam.

"I can play catch now.  And I can move the glove around however I like.  No problems," said Hiyama.

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Masahiro Nakatani (19) is currently one of the Tigers' top prospects.  Or at least, they feel he is a one of their stronger hitting candidates that could have a future as their next cleanup hitter.  Nakatani will most likely workout out in all three outfield spots during spring camp.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito told reporters that he purchased a custom pillow for 26,250 yen from SleepING Factory during his last day off (January 19).  He also spent about two hours working out on his day off Monday (running, BP).  That is also 18 consecutive days of workouts since moving into the player dorm on January 6.