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Softbank Hawks: March 23, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Tadashi Settsu threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen. [Nikkan Sports]

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Pitching coach Ikuo Takayama on Tadashi Settsu's stiff back: "It seemed like his back stiffness was not giving him any problems [during his bullpen session]. ... If he feels even a small amount of discomfort, we will not push him.  Right now, we still do not know what is going to happen."

If Settsu is not able to go on opening day, the Hawks may turn to other options like Kenji Otonari, Nagisa Arakaki, or Sho Iwasaki.  Arakaki may be the front-runner.

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Renyel Pinto had a rough outing on Thursday (4 IP, 22 BF, 91 NP, 5 H, 3 SO, 5 BB, 4 R, 4 ER).  The Hawks may be wavering a bit on Pinto as a member of the starting rotation.

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The Hawks announced today that SMAP's Masahiro Nakai will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on March 30.  Kana Uemura is also scheduled to sing the National Anthem and play a mini-concert before the game.