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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: February 20, 2013

by on Feb.20, 2013 @ 11:29 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani: situational batting practice, first plate appearance - with runners on first and second and no out, attempted three consecutive sac bunts against Naoyuki Uesawa and failed all three times; second plate appearance - bases empty, no out, walked; third plate appearance - with a runner on first and one out, grounded out to short on a hit-and-run; batting practice, fifty-five swings, four over the fence

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


  • Hiroshi Kisanuki: bullpen, thirty-five pitches
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa: bullpen, sixty-one pitches, only fastballs, at about seventy percent
  • Toshiharu Moriuchi: bullpen, ninety-nine pitches

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


Haruki Nishikawa had his right shoulder examined at a hospital in Itoman, Okinawa today and was diagnosed with inflammation.  He received a shot as part of his treatment and returned to the team hotel for rest.  He is considered day-to-day.

Nishikawa may have hurt his shoulder while trying to make a play on defense during an Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 17th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013


Toshiharu Moriuchi is slated to pitch in a practice game against Nexen (KBO) on Thursday.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2013


Mitsuo Yoshikawa is scheduled to start a practice game against Hiroshima at Nago on the 26th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani had a fairly busy day on Tuesday: he tossed fifty-two pitches in the bullpen, took indoor batting practice against a pitching machine, did some base-running exercises and trunk strengthening exercises, and took about an hour of fielding practice in right.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013, Gendai 2/20/2013

The coaches have apparently decided to give Otani a try in the outfield instead of at short.  He could also join Ichi-gun camp after Ni-gun camp end on the 22nd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013

Otani is slated to toss batting practice to Takumi Oshima, Go Matsumoto, and Shingo Ishikawa on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2013