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Hanshin Tigers: February 23, 2012

by on Feb.23, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

The Tigers have the day off on Friday.

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Kohei Shibata spent about fifteen minutes taking batting practice against pitching machines at Ni-gun camp today.  Shibata has been rehabbing at Kochi camp because of inflammation in his left acromioclavicular joint (shoulder).

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Craig Brazell worked out in left during pre-game fielding practice on Wednesday.  Brazell was seen making strong throws to second, third, and home.

"I played some right and left four or five years ago, so this is not new to me," said Brazell.  "I checked on a few things while remembering what I did.  If I am going to do this, I do not just want to stand around, I want to do it right.  I think I did ok throwing the ball today.  I threw them a little high.  Still need more work with my feet.  I will it will get better if I do some throwing for a week or two."

He then added, "I will be catcher during tomorrow's game.  Just kidding.  I will probably play left."

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Yuya Ando has dropped his arm angle a little (three-quarters).  On his outing on Wednesday: "I was able to throw good pitches down low in the zone.  Today was about throwing, not so much at an angle, but from an arm slot I felt comfortable with.  I think I can throw better when I am throwing at around three-quarters instead of over the top."

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Issei Morita spent about an hour taking fielding practice at Ginoza Dome after Wednesday's game -- he committed a fielding error in the game.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto did not play in Wednesday's practice game due to poor field conditions (it rained the night before).

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Yasutomo Kubo continued to focus on training exercises due to tightness in his right shoulder.  Regarding when he might start throwing again, Kubo replied, "I will begin throwing when I feel I can.  I will not force it."

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The rehab group, which includes Shinjiro Hiyama and Shibata, will be returning to Naruohama after practices today.

4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito will also be heading to Naruohama after being diagnosed with periarthritis in his right shoulder.  Ito started feeling discomfort in his shoulder while throwing the ball on Wednesday.

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Some hitting results, through Wednesday: