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