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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hiroshima, Yokohama: January 24, 2013

by on Jan.24, 2013 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Takehiro Donoue underwent an MRI today and was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder.  He will likely require three to four weeks for a full recovery.  He will begin the year at Ni-gun spring camp.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013

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Takuya Asao threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen with a WBC baseball on Wednesday.  It was his first bullpen of the year.  Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2013

Of the thirty-two pitches he threw, twenty were to a squatting catcher.  Akihiro Maeda caught the session.  Asao did not throw any off-speed pitches.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013

Sponichi counted ten to a standing catcher and twenty-two to a squatting catcher.  Source: Sponichi 1/24/2013

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Masahiro Yamamoto drove his 1971 Lamborghini Miura 400SV to Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday for a car magazine article.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013, Sponichi 1/24/2013

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2nd round draft pick Tatsuro Hamada is in the middle of finals and has been going to school from the player dorm.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013

Yakult Swallows

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was diagnosed with the flu.  It is uncertain if he will be ready for the start of spring camp.  Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2013

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The Swallows held a staff meeting today and decided to name Hiroyasu Tanaka the new team captain.  Source: Sponichi 1/24/2013

Akinori Iwamura will start the year at Ichi-gun spring camp; Yoshinori Sato will head to Ni-gun spring camp.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013

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Iwamura ordered a shipment of red bats from Nike, similar in color to the ones he used between 2002 and 2004.  He also ordered a first baseman's mitt.  Source: Sanspo 1/24/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Yasunari Takagi will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because he is not feeling well.  Takanobu Tsujiuchi will take Takagi's spot at Ichi-gun spring camp.  Source: Sanspo 1/24/2013

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Shinnosuke Abe met prime minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to formally accept the Nihon Pro Sports' Top Award, the Prime Minister Award.  Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2013, Sanspo 1/24/2013, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013

Shinnosuke Abe wore a black suit and tie out of respect for the victims in Algeria.  Source: Sanspo 1/24/2013

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Today was the last day of 2012 draft class training camp.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013

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The seven members of the 2012 draft class took a course on nutrition after workouts on Wednesday.  Source: Sanspo 1/24/2013

They took a course on dealing with the media today.  Source: Sanspo 1/24/2013

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Bullpen catcher Jin Nakatani played catch with 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano on Wednesday and told reporters that his fastball reminded him of Kyuji Fujikawa.

"The low release point, and then how it seems to rise, that reminded me of Kyuji.  [Sugano] might be able to get the high swinging strike," said Nakatani.

He added, "His release point is similar to [Hisashi] Iwakuma.  His body size and arm motion like [Masahiro Tanaka]."

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2013, Sanspo 1/24/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Limited edition Shota Dobayashi and Yusuke Nomura snuggle pillows will become available at the Carp online store on February 1.  The pillows were apparently made with female fans in mind: each pillow "wears" a Dobayashi/Nomura uniform and has an arm that can be placed under/around the neck when lying down.  Source: Sponichi 1/24/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars announced that I-Cheng Wang will participate in the WBC as a member of Chinese Taipei.  Source: official announcement

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Tony Blanco took his former manager's comments in stride (about him not being able to hit pitches that drop) and said, "I think they will come after me with the fork, so that is something I will study."  Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2013

Blanco is open to doing some sort of home run jig with Alex Ramirez.  Source: Sanspo 1/24/2013

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