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[11/14/2013] Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.15, 2013 @ 1:58 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato was supposed to toss a bullpen session some time earlier this month, but it was pushed back because he was not feeling right.  He is still hoping to make it into the bullpen (with a squatting catcher) at some point before the end of the month.  He has been throwing to a standing catcher off a mound.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Kurihara will likely see his salary drop by the maximum allowed (forty percent).

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami threw three pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Wednesday.  Yutaka Wada was a little concerned at how early Fujinami was throwing to a squatting catcher.

"I know he is the type that likes that throw.  He was probably getting a little impatient.  But, as a rookie this year, he pitched a full season and you have to rest when you have time to rest," Wada said to reporters.  "It is not good to do a little and then try things out.  Practices might be a little dull right now, but he has to keep it up.  He can try things out once they begin to stick.  I think it is still too early."

Source: Sanspo 11/14/2013

Fujinami on throwing three pitches: "I just wanted to throw.  It was about a feeling.  I thought two or three pitches would be ok.  I did not throw at full strength, but the stride did not feel bad."

Fujinami did receive permission from pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi before throwing the three pitches.

Source: Sanspo 11/14/2013


Ryota Arai took 103 swings during lunch-time batting practice on Wednesday and hit ten over the fence.  Issei Morita hit thirteen over the wall.

Source: Sanspo 11/14/2013, Sanspo 11/14/2013


The Ni-gun Tigers are not planning to hold full-squad evening workouts during spring camp next year.  Instead, players will wake up at 6:30am, go through their usual morning routines (temperature checks, gargling) and then practice swinging the bat until breakfast at a little past 7:00am.

By switching the schedule, the Tigers are hoping younger players will have enough time to eat a proper dinner.

Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu still hopes to work with players in the evening, but on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2013