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Softbank Hawks: February 27, 2012

by on Feb.27, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice


  • Hiroki Kokubo took 147 swings during extra batting practice and hit thirty-one over the fence. (Nikkan Sports)


Pitching coach Ikuo Takayama told reporters today that he will approach the season as if Takahiro Mahara will not be able return this year.  That means reassigning bullpen roles, including making Brian Falkenborg the closer.  Masahiko Morifuku could also be called on to help with the workload.


Nikkan Sports notes that Tadashi Settsu, Brad Penny, and Kazuyuki Hoashi are the only pitchers with spots in the starting rotation.


The Hawks announced they signed a uniform sponsorship deal with Everlife -- the company logo will appear on the left sleeve.