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[3/6/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Rakuten, Orix

by on Mar.06, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The team announced today that Hisashi Takeda was diagnosed with acute otitis media and Naoki Miyanishi with acute gastroenteritis.  Takeda is expected to pitch in an exhibition game against Yomiuri on Thursday.  Miyanishi is day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani took fifty swings during batting practice today and hit seven over the fence.  He then threw fifty-eight pitches in the bullpen.  This was the first time Otani took batting practice before tossing a bullpen session.  He also got three at bats in an exhibition game against Yomiuri.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

A cheer song for Otani has been prepared by the All Japan Fighters' Group.

迷わずに駆け抜けろ 伝説の幕が開ける
さあ気持ち込めて 進め 狙い定め
跳べ!大谷! 夢の向こう側へ

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013, cheer song

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About 800 people attended a team rally at a hotel in Sapporo on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2013

Softbank Hawks

Rehab coach Kazumi Saito tossed a bullpen session at the Saitozaki training facilities today, his second in as many days.

Tuesday: seventy-five pitches (fifteen to a squatting catcher)
Today: sixty (fifteen to a squatting catcher)

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2013

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Yuya Hasegawa is no longer feeling pain after he suffered a depressed fracture during practices on February 23.  Assuming no setbacks, he could play in a game some time later next week.  He is slated to begin taking batting practice against a pitching machine on Thursday.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Kyoiku League game against Lotte on Tuesday:

Hiromichi Fujiwara started the game against and gave up a run (unearned) on five hits over six innings of work.  4th round draft pick Takahiro Shimotsuma took over as catcher in the 7th inning.  He caught Ikusei 1st round draft pick Sho Miyagawa and Yusuke Inoue.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/6/2013, Sports Hochi 3/6/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Mahara got the day off today because he had some lingering tightness and was a little tired.  The Buffaloes are taking it easy with him because he is coming back from right shoulder surgery.  He also developed a blood blister during an exhibition game outing on Tuesday.

Source: Daily Sports 3/6/2013

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The Buffaloes decided to send Keiichi Hirano down to Ni-gun today with his right calf strain.  He still needs about two to three weeks for a full recovery and is expected to be ready for opening day.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013