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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: February 22, 2013

by on Feb.22, 2013 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 3rd round draft pick Yohei Kagiya: bullpen, forty-nine pitches
  • Masaru Takeda: bullpen, forty-seven pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013, Sanspo 2/22/2013

Thursday

  • 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani: bullpen, twenty-six pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/22/2013

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The Fighters closed out Ni-gun camp in Kunigami today.

Takumi Oshima was in charge of the ceremonial closing clap.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2013

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Masaru Takeda is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against Hanshin.

Source: Sanspo 2/22/2013

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Part of the reason why 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani reported to Ichi-gun camp was because Hideki Kuriyama wanted to let the youngster work out in the warmer weather.

"[Otani] was not really promoted.  I just thought it might be better for him to work out in the warm weather," said Kuriyama.  "We will see how he does.  If he is good, then we might let him play and see if we can spot things he needs to work on."

Otani's schedule, after spring camp ends: high school graduation on March 2; NPB rookie seminar on March 4; team rally on March 5; rookie intro ceremony before exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 6.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

Otani suffered a little cut on his right ring finger while tossing batting practice on Thursday (the fingernail on his right thumb caused the cut).  Something similar also apparently happened to Yu Darvish.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2013

Kuriyama told the reporters on Thursday he wanted them to take a step back and give Otani some breathing room.

"Otani will be coming up to Ichi-gun tomorrow.  He has been doing two things so his fatigue building up.  Forceful interviews will not allowed.  We will set something up so you can speak to him.  Please do not put place any strain on him.  If you can not follow the rules, I will ban interviews.  That might seem extreme, but please understand," said Kuriyama.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/22/2013Nikkan Sports 2/22/2013

Otani was assigned the hotel room Sho Nakata used before he left for the WBC.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/22/2013