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Nippon Ham Fighters: January 31, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB

The Fighters arrived in Okinawa today.  A welcoming ceremony was held a Naha Airport.

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Hideki Kuriyama visited the spring camp training grounds after today's general meeting and put out salt to ward off bad spirits.

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The Fighters announced today that Kensuke Tanaka will be the 2012 team captain.

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Eiichi Koyano visited a hospital in Nago, Okinawa today and was informed after a general team meeting that he had the flu (type B).  Koyano has been isolated from the other players and will rest a few days until his fever goes away.

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Sho Nakata returned from his workouts in Hawaii on Monday.

Since the end of the season last year, Nakata has gained about 8kg and currently weighs 100kg.  And even though the team requested that he arrive at spring camp closer to 90kg, he feels he will be able to drop his weight before the start of the season.

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Micah Hoffpauir arrived in Japan on Monday.

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Makoto Kaneko did not like getting massages because they made his body feel tired.  But after having problems with his calf and Achilles last year, he has decided to enlist the help of the trainers to keep his muscles loose this year.