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Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Yokohama: July 22, 2012

by on Jul.22, 2012 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

General coach Takao Ise feels Jun Matsui is good for fifteen to twenty homers.  Source: Sponichi 7/22/2012


Shingo Kawabata (working his way back from right calf pain) participated in practices on Saturday.

Said Kawaabata, "I do not feel pain in my muscles.  I think I will be ok from here on out.  The two-day break was big."

Source: Sanspo 7/22/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Scott Mathieson plans to toss a bullpen session on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2012


Daisuke Ochi began his rehab at Giants Stadium on Saturday.  Ochi is making his way back from surgery to treat the ossification of yellow ligament.  Source: Sponichi 7/22/2012

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers worked on their bunts during practices today, including players like Tomoaki Kanemoto and Takahiro Arai.  Source: Sponichi 7/22/2012


The Tigers announced that Daiki Enokida was diagnosed with inflammation in his left elbow.  The team trainer told reporters that Enokida will begin a throwing program once he has had a chance to improve the condition of his elbow and shoulder.  He also said that Enokida has not complained of any pain since he began his rehab at Naruohama.

Said Enokida, "I could begin throwing since I am not feeling any pain.  I would like to move forward, but it is up to the trainer to decide.  I can not be activated until August 5 so I still have time.  There is no need to rush."

Source: Sponichi 7/22/2012


The Tigers see no reason, at this point in time, to move Ryota Arai away from third.  That does not necessarily remove the outfield as an option.  Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2012


Batting coach Atsushi Kataoka spent some time working with Hayata Ito on Saturday.  Source: Sanspo 7/22/2012


Akihito Fujii worked out at Naruohama on Saturday.  If things continue to move forward smoothly, he could play in an rehab game on Wednesday (Ikusei game).  That could mean a possible return to the active roster as early as July 27 (against Yokohama at Koshien).  Source: Sanspo 7/22/2012


Workouts on Saturday included a rigorous circuit training session -- six exercises, six groups, one minute per exercise, one minute in between each exercise (rest plus moving from one section of the room to another), twice around for a total twenty-four minutes.  Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Taketoshi Goto joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday.  Source: Sponichi 7/22/2012

Ni-gun stats: 52 G, 43-for-171, 8 HR, 36 RBI, .251/.313/.439.


Ni-gun batting coach Yoshikazu Takagi will be a temporary Ichi-gun coach for a period of eight days, beginning today.  He will be working with Yoshitomo Tsutsugo on his hitting.  Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2012