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Orix Buffaloes: February 5, 2012

by on Feb.05, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Sunday

  • Dae-Ho Lee swung the bat sixty-seven times and hit none over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Hirotoshi Kitagawa swung the bat seventy-two times and collected twenty-five could be hits.  This was the first time he took outdoor BP since he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in June last year. (Daily Sports)
 

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Shogo Akada injured his left ankle during base-running practices today.  Akada had the ankle examined at a hospital and will receive an update on the injury within the next couple of days.

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Akinobu Okada spent about an hour observing Ni-gun workouts today.  This was the first time he checked out Ni-gun players since the start of spring camp.

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Hirotoshi Kitagawa (39) is worried about playing time because his competition will most likely be players like Dae-Ho Lee and Shinji Takahashi.

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The Miyakojima City Sports Division put up a sign outside of Miyakojima Stadium (near left-center) warning fans of baseballs -- netting would probably be a safer option, but the city cannot afford it.

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4th round draft pick Tomoyuki Kaida is scheduled to toss batting practice on March 8.

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Akinobu Okada told reporters on Saturday he will demote 5th round draft pick Ryuji Shoji to Ni-gun camp so that he can call up Tetsuya Yokoyama.  Okada made the decision because Shoji had difficulty handling Shinya Nakayama's off-speed pitches.

=== UPDATE 2/6 @ 12:34am

Koji Yamazaki threw out his back during fielding practice on Friday.