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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: January 24, 2013

by on Jan.24, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Possible candidates to replace Yoshio Itoi in the outfield include Atsushi Ugumori, Kenji Sato, and Yuya Taniguchi.  Source: Sanspo 1/24/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama gave a lecture in front of about 150 coaches during an All Japan University Baseball Federation manager meeting on Wednesday.  Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2013

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2012 Draft Class

With Itoi gone, 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani might move to the outfield (from short).  Otani's locker was just a couple over from Itoi's.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013, Sanspo 1/24/2013, Daily Sports 1/24/2013

Otani already has an outfield glove.  Source: Sponichi 1/24/2013

Otani tossed thirty-one pitches, including seven curves, to a standing Keisuke Kondo in the bullpen today.  It was his first session since the start of rookie training camp.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013, Daily Sports 1/24/2013Sponichi 1/24/2013

Otani tossed bullpen sessions at his high school before the start of rookie training camp.  His last session was on the 7th.

He took fifty swings during indoor batting practice on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 1/24/2013

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5th round draft pick Hayato Arakaki and 6th round draft pick Shogo Yagi tossed bullpen sessions on Wednesday.  They had their catchers squat for the first time.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013

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