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Nippon Ham Fighters: March 13, 2012

by on Mar.13, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Tuesday

  • Yuki Saito threw sixty-four pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)

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Today's Kyoiku League game against Rakuten at Kamagaya: Brian Wolfe started the game and allowed one run (unearned) on two hits over five innings of work. [Nikkan Sports]

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4th round draft pick Kensuke Kondo could make it into the starting line-up at catcher for some exhibition games during the team's road trip to the Kanto region (beginning on March 16).

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Tomohiro Nioka could play in Friday's (March 16) exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars depending on how things go over the next couple of days.  Nioka has been practicing at Kamagaya since March 8 and is working his way back from right calf problems.

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Toshimasa Konta is working his way back from right shoulder surgery in December.  He has already logged some playing time as a DH and took fielding practice for the first time on Sunday.

"Rehab is moving quicker than originally planned," said Konta. "All that is left is throwing.  It is ultimately up to the manager and coaches to decide on how they want to use me.  I will continue to do my best so that I am prepared to go whenever they need me."

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7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima took batting practice on Monday by standing over home plate against a pitching machine that throws curves -- swinging and missing means getting hit by the baseball.

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Sapporo's Toho subway line will be running a Fighters subway for three years, beginning March 19, 2012.

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