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Hanshin Tigers: March 23, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Matt Murton started outdoor workouts at Naruohama today -- he ran eight fifty-meters at about sixty to seventy percent and played catch for about ten minutes at a max distance of around sixty meters.

"I am of course not at one-hundred percent on running, but [I am ok at about what I did today].  I am close to one-hundred percent on hitting and throwing," said Murton.

On Thursday, Murton worked out for about six hours -- twenty practice swings, twenty swings off a tee, twenty soft-toss, catch for about ten minutes at a distance of about eighteen meters.

If everything goes well, Murton could be ready for the Koshien home opener on April 6 (vs Yomiuri).

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Shinjiro Hiyama's workouts on Thursday included playing catch, taking fielding practice in the outfield, and batting practice (twenty swings each against left-handed and right-handed pitchers).

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Both Takahiro Arai and Takashi Toritani ran back and forth in the outfield (seven round-trips, so seven from left to right and seven from right to left) while shagging fly balls on Thursday.

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Two Yutaka Wada lunch boxes were unveiled at Kyocera Dome on Thursday.