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PL News and Notes: January 24, 2012

by on Jan.25, 2012 @ 2:02 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Atsushi Ugumori worked out at Kamagaya on Tuesday.  Ugumori had been working out in Okinawa with other players like Akinori Iwamura (RAK) from January 10 through to January 22.

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Sho Nakata started his workouts in Hawaii on January 22 (January 23 JST).  Nakata is working on strengthening his lower body with trainer Kevin Yamazaki.

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Ishii, Takayuki Kishi, Fumikazu Kimura, and Yasuhiro Tanaka worked out in Tokyo on Tuesday and played some futsal as part of their training.

Ishii later told reporters that how well he plays this year will factor into his decision on whether or not he will continue playing next year.

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Kazuhisa Makita tossed 50 pitches in the bullpen on Monday; 2nd round draft pick Hirotaka Koishi 30 pitches.

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Kimiyasu Kudo is scheduled to visit the team on the second day of spring camp.

Rakuten Eagles

According to Daily Sports, Masahiro Tanaka worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Tuesday.  His workouts lasted about five hours and included playing catch, running, and weights.

Nikkan Sports reports that the workout lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes.

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4th round draft pick Takero Okajima has a huggable pillow in the shape of a polar bear that he named Jessica.