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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: January 26, 2013

by on Jan.26, 2013 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Yuki Saito was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because his right shoulder is still not 100%.  Worst case scenario: he begins the season at Ni-gun.

Saito is able to play catch at short distances, but still feels pain in his right shoulder.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2013

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2012 Draft Class

Hideki Kuriyama on 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani going out during spring camp: "This is not so much about placing limitations, but rather making sure he can focus on what is at hand.  We will not let him go out.  He will be playing two [positions] so there are things he has to do.  I can not tell him never to go out, but if he is going to go out, he will have to get permission from me.  He needs to tell me where he is going and with whom. ... There have been issues [in the past] with smoking.  There are things we need to teach players while they are young.  They need to be patient when necessary.  They can not let down the fans."

Otani's thoughts on Kuriyama's plans: "They said that they wanted me to focus on baseball.  I will be playing two positions, so I think I need to practice.  The manager has a responsibility as well.  I can feel that they really want me to work hard.  If I do not go out, then I can not get into trouble.  There is some good from placing limits. ... My high school had a rule that banned karaoke and arcade centers. ... We were allowed to go out between 4:30pm and 7:00pm.  When I stepped out, it was just to go shopping. ... I was living under similar conditions, so it is not a big deal."

Source: Sports Hochi 1/26/2013Nikkan Sports 1/26/2013Daily Sports 1/26/2013

Otani wants to become a hitter like Atsunori Inaba and pitcher like Yu Darvish.

Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2013

The Fighters will have six security guards at Ni-gun spring camp this year.  They will also assign two members of the public relations staff to handle the media at Ni-gun camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/26/2013

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