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Nippon Ham Fighters: February 3, 2012

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

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Friday

  • Sho Nakata took ninety-six swings during extra BP and hit three over the fence. (Daily Sports)

Friday

  • Yuki Saito threw forty-five pitches, including off-speed pitches. (Daily Sports)
  • Hirotoshi Masui threw sixty pitches.  It was his second bullpen session since the start of spring camp. (Nikkan Sports)

Thursday

  • Yuki Saito lightly threw thirty pitches to pitching coach Masato Yoshii, who sat in a chair about two meters in front of home plate. (Sports Hochi)
  • Masao Kida threw seventy-seven pitches. (Sponichi, Nikkan Sports)

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Takuya Nakashima participated in early morning fielding practice today.  Nakashima has now attended all three early morning fielding sessions since the first day of spring camp.  He also stayed back for extra workouts after general practices on the first two days of spring camp.

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Player/coach Satoshi Nakajima worked with 7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima on his catching skills today.

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There was a chance Hirotoshi Masui was going to break the starting rotation this year, but he was informed by Hideki Kuriyama today that he will be pitching out of the bullpen.

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For the second straight day, Hideki Kuriyama met with fans after practices and answered five of their questions.

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Yuki Saito is currently scheduled to start a practice game against Hiroshima on February 11 and a practice game against Yokohama on February 16.

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Eiichi Koyano's fever has gone down.  That means he might be able to return to practices as early as February 5.

=== UPDATE 2/4 @ 1:34am

Yuki Saito will likely toss two innings during his practice game start against Hiroshima on February 11.