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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: February 20, 2013

by on Feb.20, 2013 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Tuesday

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka: ninety swings, eight over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/20/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami: bullpen, sixty-four pitches, had someone stand in the batter's box, umpire behind the catcher, ball-strikes were counted

Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013

Tuesday

  • Minoru Iwata: situational batting practice, faced twelve batters, one hit, two strikeouts

Source: Sanspo 2/20/2013

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Minoru Iwata is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Lotte on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 2/20/2013

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Takahiro Arai's workouts on Tuesday lasted about four hours and included playing catch at a distance of about forty meters, swinging the bat, and shoulder/trunk strengthening exercises.  He is currently taking things day-by-day.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami tossed batting practice on Tuesday at about seventy to eighty percent.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013

Special spring camp instructor Tatsuro Hirooka is worried about Fujinami's mechanics and feels the rookie could do some serious harm to himself if the problems are not addressed.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013

Three of the thirty-two pitches Fujinami threw during batting practice on Tuesday were cutters.  The rest were fastballs.

Fujinami is next scheduled to toss something similar to situational batting practice on the 24th.  If he continues to make good progress, he could pitch in a practice game against Seibu on March 3.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013

Of the seventeen pitches Fujinami threw to Issei Morita during batting practice on Tuesday, eight were balls.  And of the fifteen pitches he threw to 4th round draft pick Shinya Azuhata, four were balls.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2013

Fujinami could pitch in the following games: exhibition game against Lotte on March 7, exhibition game against Yokohama on March 15, exhibition game against Orix on March 22, Western League game against Hiroshima on March 28, regular season game against Chunichi on April 3.

Source: Sanspo 2/20/2012

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The Giants, Dragons, Swallows, and Carp had scouts in the stands on Tuesday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2013