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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: February 9, 2013

by on Feb.09, 2013 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Sho Nakata: thirty-four swings, nine over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

Today

  • Hiroshi Kisanuki: bullpen, 131 pitches
  • Masaru Nakamura: bullpen, fifty-four pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Michel Abreu joined the Fighters today.  His tryout will last ten days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Ni-gun pitching coach Keisaburo Tanoue and Ni-gun training coach Seiichiro Nakagaki are working together to help Yuki Saito improve his pitching mechanics.  They are part of the reason why Saito decided to stay away from right shoulder surgery.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

Ichi-gun pitching coach Tomohiro Kuroki visited Ni-gun camp today and spent some time working with Saito.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Micah Hoffpauir and Brian Wolfe arrived in Japan on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Masaru Nakamura is scheduled to start a practice game against Hanshin on the 10th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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The Fighters will hold a 10th anniversary celebration in front of Sapporo Station (south exit) on March 1.

Source: official announcement

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani will make his debut as a hitter during an intra-squad game on the 17th.  He will also most likely begin taking live batting practice on the 15th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/9/2013

Moving forward, most of Otani's workouts will apparently focus on pitching.

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2013

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3rd round draft pick Yohei Kagiya is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game at Kunigami camp on the 17th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013