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[12/21/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Dec.21, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani and Yuki Saito might have chances to pitch in an exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on March 8.

Source: Sponichi 12/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2013

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The media learned on Friday that Saito worked out with Ichiro Suzki somewhere in the Kanto region last month.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shuhei Fukuda, Hiroki Yamada, Nao Higashihama, Daichi Hoshino, and Ikusei Yuya Iida returned to Japan after playing winter ball in Puerto Rico.

Fukuda - 22 G, 20-for-84, 11 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 10 BB, 16 SO, 3 SB, .238/.326/.345
Yamada - 2 G, 0-1, 10.12 ERA, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 SO
Higashihama - 8 G, 8 GS, 4-1, 3.15 ERA, 40.0 IP, 34 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 5 HR, 10 BB, 42 SO
Hoshino - 16 G, 0-1, 5 Sv, 2.82 ERA, 22.1 IP, 18 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 17 SO
Iida - 8 G, 8 GS, 2-1, 3.13 ERA, 46.0 IP, 35 H, 18 R, 18 ER, 3 HR, 8 BB, 35 SO

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2013, Fukuda MiLB ProfileYamada MiLB ProfileHigashihama MiLB Profile, Hoshino MiLB Profile, Iida MiLB Profile

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Nagisa Arakaki is prepared to pitch out of the bullpen, if that is where he is assigned next season.

"I have only started so there is concern about pushing myself too hard from the start in relief.  But not pitching at all means nothing can happen.  The organization signed and drafted new players.  It was tough not being able to pitch when I was hurt, but not being able to pitch when I can will also be difficult.  If I can not pitch, then I cannot help the team," Arakaki said.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/21/2013

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The Hawks could end up having up to eight foreign players under contract next season.

Source: Sponichi 12/21/2013

That includes pitchers Edison Barrios, Paul Oseguera, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, and Dennis Sarfate and position players Bryan LaHair and Barbaro Canizares.  Dae-Ho Lee would be eight, if/when the Hawks sign him.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Hiromichi Fujiwara wanted to continue playing, but decided to retire because he did not receive any calls after the twelve team tryouts in November.  Fujiwara was plagued by injuries over his career.  He developed pain in his left shoulder during his first year that led to elbow problems in his second year.  He ended up going under the knife after the 2010 season and attempted a comeback with a start against the Softbank Hawks on August 19, 2011.  But he felt pain in his elbow and left after throwing just 2.2 innings.  He was re-signed to an Ikusei contract after the 2011 season and made it back to the seventy-man roster in 2012, but was senryokugaied in October 2013.  He will return to the Eagles next year as a batting practice pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 12/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The season opener (vs Softbank) will most likely go to Yoshihisa Naruse.  The home opener (vs Seibu) could go to Hideaki Wakui.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2013