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[1/19/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Sotbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.19, 2014 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuya Fujita and Takero Okajima worked out in Kyoto today.  Workouts started after 8:00am, lasted over four hours, and included running, trunk strengthening exercises, fielding practice, and batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui tossed about thirty pitches (including breaking balls) to a standing catcher in the bullpen today.  It was his second session in as many days.  2nd round draft pick Yasuhito Uchida caught the session.

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2014

Matsui has now tossed three sessions this year -- twice during draft class training camp and once at Toko Gakuen High School on the 7th.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2014

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3rd round draft pick Kodai Hamaya tossed about thirty pitches (including breaking balls) in the bullpen on Saturday.  It was his second session since the start of 2013 draft class training camp.  He is planning to toss a session to a squatting catcher some time during the third block of training camp (between the 22nd and 24th).

Source: Sanspo 1/19/2014

Seibu Lions

1st round draft pick Tomoya Mori caught 7th round draft pick Kentaro Fukukura's bullpen session on Saturday (standing, fifty pitches, fastballs).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2014

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2nd round draft pick Hotaka Yamakawa ran up a hill a distance of about thirty meters in 5.7 seconds.  He has decent speed despite weighing over 100 kilograms.

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2014

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There will be no evening workout sessions during spring camp because Haruki Ihara does not believe in them.  He would rather the players think about the things they have been working on or read books with their spare time.

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Daichi Suzuki was a special guest at the 38th Sanspo Chiba Marine Marathon today.  He fired off the starting pistol for the event.  He also completed the two-kilometer run with team mascot Mar-kun.

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2014

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Shota Omine currently has an afro.  He is planning to head into spring camp with another hair style.  He may have been told by Lotte to limit the afro to the off-season.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2014

Softbank Hawks

3rd round draft pick Ken Okamoto threw twenty-nine pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen today.  It was his first session since the start of draft class training camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2014

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Ikusei pitcher Masato Sakata faced Tomoaki Egawa and Kentaro Inomoto during batting practice today and tossed about 100 pitches.  It was the second time he tossed batting practice this year.

Sakata had surgery on his left shoulder surgery (labrum) in September 2012.  He spent most of last year rehabbing the shoulder and was re-signed to an Ikusei contract this off-season.  He is hoping to make it back to the seventy-man roster this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2014

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Kenji Otonari tossed batting practice to his teammates during workouts in Okinawa on Thursday.  He threw sixty pitches.  It was the first time since he turned pro that he faced live hitters this early in the year.

Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters held a welcoming ceremony at the indoor training facilities at Kamagaya for the 2013 draft class today.  About 400 fans were in attendance.

Source: official announcementDaily Sports 1/19/2014