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[12/23/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Dec.23, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe wants to finish his career as a Giants lifer.

"The Giants brought me to where I am today and I feel the Giants are everything.  I want to finish my career with the Giants, even if it means I have to hang on tight," Abe said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2013

Yakult Swallows

Tsuyoshi Ueda has plans to work out with Norichika Aoki in Okinawa next month.

Source: Sponichi 12/23/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp are not yet ready to announce a decision on their compensation for losing Kan Otake to the Yomiuri Giants.  They are expected to contact the Giants before the end of the year.  They are most likely looking at young players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Ryosuke Ogata, Shinta Hifumi, and Hiroaki Saiuchi returned from Taiwan today after playing winter ball in Taiwan.

Ogata - 22 G, 24-for-69, .348/.400/.449
Hifumi - 22 G, 13-for-60, .217/.299/.300
Saiuchi - 4 G, 4 GS, 21.0 IP, 85 BF, 20 H, 0 HR, 7 BB, 14 SO, 12 R, 12 ER, 5.14 ERA

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2013, Ogata Profile, Hifumi Profile, Saiuchi Profile


Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to place some limits on Seung Hwan Oh next season, especially in the beginning -- specifically on maximum innings per appearance and maximum consecutive appearances in a row.

Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2013

"I asked him what he wanted to do.  He said he was going to prepare himself to be ready to throw on [the first day of] spring camp on February 1.  He said he also wanted to toss batting practice and situational batting practice.  He said he planned to prepare himself early.  Seems players prepare themselves a lot more quickly during spring camp in Korea," Nakanishi said.

He continued, "He said if there were five days [to a spring camp block], he wanted to toss a bullpen session during four.  I told him that was too much.  I think he will be fine if he is ready to throw off an incline during the second block of camp.  I already have an image for how things might work out, but I will not tell anyone about it yet."

Source: Sponichi 12/23/2013


Daiki Enokida is hoping to get back to throwing his screwball next year.  He did not throw it this past season because he was coming off elbow surgery.  He instead threw the shuto and fork.

"I want to get back to throwing the screwball.  I think things will be good if I can throw it like I did during my first year," Enokida said.  "The home run I surrendered to [Wladimir] Balentien was on a shuto.  I do not think he hits that home run if I had the screwball from my first year."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2013, Sanspo 12/23/2013

"I threw the screwball when I played in the Industrial League and I threw it during my first and second year [after turning pro].  I did not throw it this past season because I had surgery on my elbow.  It will be nice if I can throw my best pitch, the screwball, next year," Enokida said.

He also said, "This year, I threw the change-up.  If I can throw [the screwball] properly, then my fastball and slider will be that much more effective.  I will have to keep working to bring the range of motion back [to my elbow]."

Source: Sponichi 12/23/2013