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Hanshin Tigers: January 25, 2012

by on Jan.25, 2012 @ 5:08 pm, under NPB

The Tigers released their list of players attending early training camp in Okinawa today (January 27 - January 30).

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Yasutomo Kubo and Daiki Enokida will likely begin spring camp as starters.

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Kenji Jojima has started a running program and can play catch a max distance of about 50 meters.  He has not been able to ramp up his training due to the cold weather in Sasebo, Nagasaki.

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Kohei Shibata participated in fielding practice on Tuesday.  He id not do anything throwing, but did work on catching the ball.

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Haruki Kurose worked out at Naruohama on Tuesday.  His workouts included playing catch and running.

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Robert Zarate arrived in Japan on Monday and reported to Naruohama on Wednesday.  Zarate told reporters that he wanted to throw his change-up more this year to complement his fastball and slider.

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Takahiro Arai attended Ekan Ikeguchi's (High Priest, Saifukuji) Spring Gathering on Tuesday.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito and 4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito closed out their training at Naruohama today.

3rd round draft pick Naoto Nishida will take two kinds of gloves with him to spring camp: an infielder's glove and an outfielder's glove.  Nishida attended his high school graduation on January 21.

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Members of Yutaka Wada's fan group, Hokokai, plan to head down to Okinawa on February 11 so that they can catch Wada's first game of the year (practice game against Nippon Ham) on February 12.