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[1/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.17, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi told reporters on Thursday that there was a good chance they might go with a five-man rotation.  Tetsuya Utsumi, Tomoyuki Sugano, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Kan Otake will likely find spots in the rotation, leaving room for just one more arm.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014

Kawagauchi is planning to give Hirokazu Sawamura another chance at winning a job in the starting rotation.  However, if he fails, he will go back to the bullpen.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/17/2014

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Daisuke Nakai will likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because his left knee is still not 100 percent.  Tatsunori Hara only wants players that are ready to run and throw at full speed at Ichi-gun spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/17/2014

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Team Owner Kojiro Shiraishi met Hideki Matsui at the Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo headquarters on the 10th and spoke to him not only about being a special instructor during spring camp, but also about becoming a manager in the future.  Chairman Tsuneo Watanabe and Honorary Manager Shigeo Nagashima were also at the meeting.  Shiraishi and Watanabe both told Matsui they would wait for him with open arms.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014, Daily Sports 1/17/2014, Sponichi 1/17/2014

Matsui told reporters today that he was honored that the Giants considered him a managerial candidate, but he felt it was still something that was a long way down the road.  He also said he wanted to do his best to help players during his stint as a special instructor during spring camp and that he looked forward to it as a learning experience.

Source: Sponichi 1/17/2014

Hiroshima Carp

1st round draft pick Daichi Osera is scheduled to toss about twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Saturday.  It will be his first session in roughly a month.  The focus of the session will be about throwing off an incline and confirming body movement.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

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Ryuji Ichioka tossed thirty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen at the Ono training facilities on Thursday.  He threw the last five or so pitches at close to full strength.  In addition to his fastball, he also mixed in breaking pitches.

Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Head Coach Shigekazu Mori believes Motonobu Tanishige should focus on being a player during spring camp.  He also suggested Tanishige focus on being a player as much as possible when playing exhibition games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

Mori wants Tanishige to let the coaches handle the manager's job while he focuses on being a player.

Source: Sponichi 1/17/2014

Mori told reporters that pitchers drafted out of high school will likely  be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp and pitchers drafted out of the Industrial League or Independent League will likely go to Ichi-gun spring camp, unless the training coaches say otherwise.  There is no set rule for position players.  It could end up being about twenty pitchers and position players (each) at Ichi-gun spring camp.

Assuming this holds true, 2nd round draft pick Katsuki Matayoshi, 4th round draft pick Takuma Achira, and 5th round draft pick Daisuke Sobue will likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

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2nd round draft pick Matayoshi threw twenty pitches in the bullpen today.  He is the first pitcher of the 2013 draft class to toss a session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

Matayoshi was not a very good high school baseball player.  But he still wanted to play and told his parents he decided to go to college to earn a license as a physical education instructor and that he had given up on baseball.  His parents later found out he was lying when he made the roster for the fall league in his first year.

Matayoshi was primarily a batting practice pitcher when he was in high school.  He topped out at 117km/h when he first start playing college ball and made it up to 144km/h in his senior year.  He went on to play in the Independent Leagues after college and now tops out at 148km/h.

Source: Sponichi 1/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura worked out at Bay Stars Stadium today.  He helped out some of the younger players by hitting about 100 baseballs during fielding practice.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/17/2014

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Kiyoshi Nakahata had surgery to treat a cervical herniated disc at a hospital in Tokushima Prefecture on the 8th.  He was released from the hospital on the 14th and returned to Tokyo on the 16th after spending a couple of days relaxing at hot springs in the area.

Nakahata told reporters on Thursday he no longer felt any numbness and will be fully healed for the start of spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa is not planning to schedule any intra-squad games during spring camp so players can spend more time on workouts and basic physical training.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014

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1st round draft pick Toshihiro Sugiura used to play ice hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer when he was younger.  He picked baseball when he entered high school.

Source: Sanpso 1/17/2014

2 comments on “[1/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

  1. Chris

    Let me preface this by saying that I do not follow the Giants. That being said, I thought Sawamura was supposed to be good? Looking at his stats, while they have gotten worse each year, they don’t really look THAT bad. Little surprised.

    1. Gen Post author

      I think the thing with Sawamura is that the Giants have high expectations for him as a starter. And while his numbers from last season don’t look too bad as a whole, he did struggle with consistency early on, and then had a not so great August (5 GS, 34.0 IP, 30 H, 7 HR, 26 SO, 6 BB, 5.03 ERA). He had another bad start in September and was then moved to the bullpen, where he seemed to hit his stride.

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