|Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice|
Today's practice game against the Yakult Swallows at Nagoya Stadium (Dragons 3 - Swallows 1): Yudai Kawai started the game and tossed two shutout innings. ... Soma Yamauchi followed Kawai and tossed two shutout innings in relief. [Nikkan Sports] ... Daisuke Yamai entered the game in the 7th and tossed two shuttout innings in relief. ... With a runner on third and one out in the 1st inning, Masahiko Morino hit an RBI single to right. ... With runners on second and third and one out in the 9th inning, Naomichi Donoue hit a sac fly to right.
The Dragons announced today that they made Kazuhito Yoshimura an assistant coach and assigned him the number 98.
Morimichi Takagi told reporters on Wednesday that while 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi could end up making the active roster on opening day, he probably will not make the opening day starting line-up (at this point anyway).
"I want to keep using [Takahashi]. It is not so much about the results, but rather how he handles himself while playing [at the Ichi-gun level]," said Takagi. He added, "[Takahashi] will not make the opening day starting line-up. The question is whether we can use him as a pinch-hitter. That is the hope. He is holding his own in comparison to other young players."
So the hope at this point is for Takahashi to make the active roster as a pinch-hitter.
Pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo is hoping to cut the pitching staff down to fifteen to sixteen candidates by the end of March 15 and then down to twelve during a six game stretch that begins on March 20.