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[12/22/2013] Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Dec.22, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Yasuhiro Ogawa threw about 100 pitches into a net (distance of roughly twenty meters) during indoor workouts at Jingu on Saturday.  He has been working on his fielding and pick-off moves this off-season.

Source: Sanspo 12/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/22/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Yuichiro Mukae closed out his workouts at Mazda Stadium on Saturday.  He returned to his hometown in Saga today.  He plans to do waterfall training (takigyo) on January 3.

Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami apparently has an open invitation to use the stairs at Tsutenkaku for training purposes during the off-season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/22/2013


Tsuyoshi Nishioka made an appearance on MBS TV's Seyanen! on Saturday and told viewers that he once considered retirement last year, but felt the urge to play again while on a trip to the United States with his parents.

Source: Sanspo 12/22/2013

When Nishioka was asked how strongly he felt about being a second baseman, he replied, "Well, let me put it this way: I have not worked out at third base."

There has been some chatter this off-season about the possibility of shifting Nishioka to third in an attempt to provide more stability to the left side of the infield.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2013


5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto is currently slated to start things out at Ichi-gun spring camp.  The Tigers see Yamamoto as someone that has the potential to give the bullpen an immediate boost next season.

Source: Sanspo 12/22/2013


The Tigers are fine with Mauro Gomez arriving at spring camp a little late because of his wife's pregnancy.  However, they do expect him to be ready to go.  They will also have someone in their international department keep tabs on Mauro's progress in January.

Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2013

Randy Bass feels Gomez should pick up a Japanese hobby to help him ease his transition.  Bass learned how to play Shogi (Japanese Chess) from teammate Kozo Kawato.  And Randy Messenger (ramen - noodles) and Matt Murton (Yoshinoya - beef rice bowls) have things within Japanese culture they enjoy.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/22/2013, Sanspo 12/22/2013