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Hanshin Tigers: March 6, 2012

by on Mar.06, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Monday

  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi threw fifty-four pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)

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Jason Standridge worked out at the indoor training facilities at Koshien today.  He also tossed a light bullpen session.  Standridge last pitched in an game on February 23 (intra-squad).

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Atsushi Nomi could start an exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on March 9.  He is slated to toss about five innings.

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Shinjiro Hiyama wanted to get his eyes used to pitches and stood in against some pitchers tossing sessions in the bullpen today.  He also spent about seventeen minutes taking indoor batting practice.

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Team owner Shinya Sakai, team president Nobuo Minami, OB chairman Kozo Kawato, and others visited Shigisan in Ikoma, Nara today to pray for a successful season.

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Nikkan Sports mentions that Atsushi Nomi and Minoru Iwata will likely get starts during the opening series (March 30 - April 1, vs Yokohama at Kyocera Dome)

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Yutaka Wada worked with Matt Murton on his hitting for about thirty minutes on Monday.

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The Ni-gun team headed to Fukuoka on Monday for two Kyoiku League games against the Softbank Hawks at Gannosu Stadium.  There was some talk about Kohei Shibata traveling with the team to get some playing time on defense, but he ended up staying back and working out at Koshien Stadium.

Said Shibata, "I want to get back to playing defense as soon as possible, but nothing good can come of a situation in which I am still feeling a little uncertain [about my left shoulder].  I will have the coaches and trainer take a look [at my shoulder] again tomorrow."

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi is scheduled to start an exhibition game against the Softbank Hawks on Wednesday.  Depending on how he does, it could also end up being his last chance as a starter.

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Kyuji Fujikawa spent some time hitting grounders to other pitchers during workouts on Monday.

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Ikusei pitcher Robert Zarate was sent back down to Ni-gun on Monday after two back-to-back solid exhibition game outings.

"We [currently] have no plans to pitch Zarate up here again in the immediate future," said pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi.  He added, "We want him to continue polishing his skill set so that he will be ready to pitch well when we call him up again the next time."