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[1/13/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.13, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

2013 draft class workouts lasted about five hours today and included running hills, playing catch, fielding practice, and batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2014

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Ryosuke Miyaguni has been tweaking his pitching mechanics during his workouts in Guam.  He has also tossed bullpen sessions everyday day since the 6th (not including his day off on the 9th).

Source: Sponichi 1/13/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Hayata Ito worked out with Yomiuri's Yoshinobu Takahashi in Naha, Okinawa today.

Source: Sponichi 1/13/2014

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Takahiro Arai participated in the Goma-gyo (Goma Fire Ceremony) at Saifukuji Temple in Kagoshima today.  The session lasted an hour and forty minutes.  3,000 gomagi (wood strips) were burned.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2014

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2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota returned to Kagoshima today for his high school final examinations.  He is slated to return on the 18th.

Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2014

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Kubota Slugger has prepared three gloves with varying levels of firmness, from hard to soft, that Takashi Toritani will test during spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 1/13/2014, Daily Sports 1/13/2014

Toritani is currently in Okinawa working out with nine players from five other teams, including Lotte's Tadahito Iguchi and Ikuhiro Kiyota, Seibu's Yutaro Osaki, Orix's Naotaka Takehara, and Softbank's Kenji Akashi.  His workouts start at 6:30am and include running, fielding practice, soft-toss batting practice, trunk strengthening exercises, and weight training.

Source: Sanspo 1/13/2014

Chunichi Dragons

2013 draft class training camp ended today.  The group will join the rest of the team for regular workouts, beginning on the 15th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2014

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Ikusei 2nd round draft pick Daisuke Hashizume told reporters he was planning to drop out of college.

"I gave up taking credits during my second year and did not go to any classes during my third and fourth year.  That is why I cannot graduate," Hashizume said.

Hashizume remained enrolled in college to attend practices and games with the school's baseball team.  He decided if he was not drafted, he would join the work force.

He added, "I have had enough of studying.  I do not want to be beat on fielding.  I will do my best to make it to the active roster."

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2014

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Michihiro Ogasawara took some soft-toss batting practice at the indoor facilities at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday before asking reporters to refrain from taking photos while he swung at forty-six pitches thrown by his practice partner.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

The 2013 draft class took physical fitness tests at a hospital in Hiroshima today.  1st round draft pick Daichi Osera recorded top marks for leg and jumping strength.

Source: Sanpso 1/13/2014

5th round draft pick Yuta Nakamura's fat content was measured at 7.1 percent.  The rest of the players were above ten percent.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2014

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1st round draft pick Osera could toss a bullpen session as early as the 16th.  He threw about a hundred baseballs into a net during workouts on Sunday.  In addition to his fastball, he threw his curve, slider, cutter, fork, and change.  He told reporters his shoulder was at about seventy percent.

Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2014

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Yusuke Nomura has gotten tips on how to throw the shuto from Yomiuri's Kan Otake.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

Yasuhiro Ogawa worked out at Jingu Stadium today for the first time this year.  His workouts lasted about five hours and included running, playing catch, and weight training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2014

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Yasushi Iihara closed out his workouts in Matsuyama, Ehime today.  Eight players -- Shingo Kawabata, Takahiro Araki, Tetsuto Yamada, Kenta Abe, Jun Matsui, Ryota Yachi, Nariaki Kawasaki, and Yomiuri's Takayuki Terauchi -- participated in his mini camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/13/2014

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Yamada has managed to gained about five kilograms this off-season by eating things like cheeseburgers from McDonald's (three at a time) before going to sleep.  He weighed seventy-two kilograms during fall camp in November last year and now weighs 76.8 kilograms.

Source: Sanspo 1/13/2014

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Shohei Tateyama has added Yamuna Body Rolling to his workouts.

Source: Sanspo 1/13/2014

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Kenichi Matsuoka is learning how to throw a change from Orix's Chihiro Kaneko.

Source: Sanspo 1/13/2014

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