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Rakuten Eagles: March 23, 2012

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

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Thursday

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

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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.

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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.

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

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