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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: February 8, 2013

by on Feb.08, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Dennis Houlton: bullpen, about twenty pitches, standing catcher, including off-speed pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/8/2013

Thursday

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi: bullpen, sixty-eight pitches
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi: bullpen, eighty-six pitches, squatting catcher, including sliders and five curves, fourth session since the start of spring camp
  • Scott Mathieson: bullpen, thirty-one pitches, session cut short due to pain in his left side

Source: Sanspo 2/8/2013, Sanspo 2/8/2013, Sponichi 2/8/2013

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Shinnosuke Abe took about an hour of extra fielding practice today.

Source: Sanspo 2/8/2013

Abe and Shuichi Murata took extra batting practice on Thursday.

Abe also spent over twenty minutes signing autographs after workouts.

Source: Sponichi 2/8/2013

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Hayato Sakamoto on his right knee discomfort: "I am ok.  I just felt something [during warm-ups] and wanted to play it safe.  I will have to wait and see how it feels later on."

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013

Sakamoto did not work out with the main group today and later told reporters that his knee did not give him any problems.  He is expected to return to the main group on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013, Sponichi 2/8/2013

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Masaichi Kaneda on 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano:

It was like I was watching myself.  His arm comes out a little late.  The hitters are going to have a hard time with that.  He showed me something good.  It was good for my eyes.

He has nothing to change.  All he needs to do is eat well and sleep well.  If he does not make the rotation, it is the manager's fault.  Kids like [Shohei] Otani and the one that joined Hanshin can not compare.  Those kids have potential, but they are at different stages.  I have not see them yet, but that is what I think.

He really is good.  You can even right, "not since Kaneda."  And I am not just saying that.  Even baseball needs a flower.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013

Sugano's parents visited Ichi-gun camp today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013

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2nd round draft pick Susumu Orui and 5th round draft pick Masaki Sakaguchi participated in Ichi-gun workouts today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013