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[4/19/2013] Nippon Ham, Rakuten

by on Apr.19, 2013 @ 7:40 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito could make it back to the active roster some time in July.  This is assuming he begins tossing full-fledged bullpen sessions in May and is able to pitch in rehab games in June.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/19/2013


1st round draft pick Shohei Otani hit 181 baseballs during soft-toss batting practice on Thursday.  He also worked on his bunts against a pitching machine and took a full swing with the last pitch he saw.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2013, Sanspo 4/19/2013

Otani will likely be allowed to begin pitching practice some time around the 29th.  Even if he manages to make his way back to regular workouts as a position player, there is currently no plan to rush his return as a pitcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2013

Otani started taking batting practice against a pitching machine today (mostly slow pitches).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2013

If Otani plays in his first rehab Ni-gun game as a position player on the 23rd (vs Seibu at Seibu 2 Stadium), he will likely get two plate appearances as the right fielder.  During a game of outdoor catch on Thursday, he threw the ball eighty times (twenty were change-ups).

Source: Sports Hochi 4/19/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles became the first NPB team to teach a course in Sports Management at a national university -- about 350 students attended a lecture taught by team vice president Atsushi Ikeda at Tohoku University on Thursday.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/19/2013