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Rakuten Eagles: March 23, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Masahiro Tanaka threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher and ten pitches to a catcher kneeling on one knee. [Daily Sports]


Nikkkan Sports mentions that the Eagles are currently carrying three catchers: Motohiro Shima, Tadashi Ishimine, and Keiji Oyama.  As of now, there does not appear to be a clear-cut number two catcher.


The Eagles are taking it easy with Kazuo Matsui and may decide to leave him off the opening day roster if he lower back is still giving him problems.


Masahiro Tanaka could end up pitching against the Chunichi Dragons on Saturday.

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