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Hanshin Tigers: February 3, 2012

by on Feb.03, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Friday

  • 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito took eighty-two swings and hit two over the fence. (Nikkan Sports)

Thursday

  • Takashi Toritani took eighty-four swings and hit six over the fence.  He hit three over the fence in a row at one point. (Sanspo)
  • Masahiro Nakatani took two rounds of BP: ninety-six swings with seven over the fence and 102 swings with eight over the fence for a total 198 swings with fiften over the fence. (Sanspo)

Friday

  • Kyuji Fujikawa threw eighteen pitches to a squatting catcher. (Sponichi)

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The Tigers announced that Matt Murton's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a boy weighing 3,454 grams, on February 1 (US time).  The Tigers are expecting Murton to arrive in Japan some time around February 7.

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Shunsuke and Ryota Arai participated in early morning fielding practice at Kin Stadium today.  The session lasted about 35 minutes.

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Position players worked out as pitchers as pitchers worked out as position players today.

During infield drills, position players like Takashi Toritani and Keiichi Hirano worked from the mound while Kyuji Fujikawa spent time at first.  Toritani and Yamato spent some time pitching in the bullpen while Fujikawa took BP and hit a ball over the fence.

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Yutaka Wada worked on simulated close plays at home with catchers Taichi Okazaki and Takashi Shimizu on Thursday -- Mayumi pretended to barrel into home thirty times; battery coach Yasuo Yoshida threw the ball in toward home from around second base.

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Atsushi Nomi has been keeping up with the headlines from other teams.

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2nd round draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi tossed a bullpen session on Thursday and is scheduled to toss another on Saturday.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto could begin taking BP with the rest of the players beginning on Saturday (February 4).

=== UPDATE 2/4 @ 1:35am

Shinjiro Hiyama's person trainer, Ken Nakata, told reporters on Friday he feels Hiyama will be ready for opening day.

"When [Hiyama] first got hurt, I thought opening day would be impossible," said Nakata.  "But at this point, he is making great progress.  I think he will be ok for opening day.  Mending bones need calcium, vitamin D, and UV rays.  He also needs to continue hitting with his one hand.  And all of that is going well right now."