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[1/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Jan.23, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Kevin Youkilis is currently slated to join the Eagles on February 8.  According to team officials, the delay is not injury-related and is at the request of Youkilis.  Andruw Jones, Brian Falkenborg, and Travis Blackley are expected to arrive in Japan in time for the start of spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2014, Sports Hochi 1/23/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui would like to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp, but has been told not to push too hard.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2014

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2nd round draft pick Yasuhito Uchida uses a bat that weighs between 930 and 940 grams and is between eighty-five and eighty-six centimeters long.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2014

Seibu Lions

Hideto Asamura worked out at Ohashi Boxing Gym in Yokohama with light flyweight boxer Naoya Inoue today.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2014, Sponichi 1/23/2014

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Yusei Kikuchi tossed about twenty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen today.  It was his first session since fall camp last year.  He told reporters he wanted to throw off an incline to confirm the movement and positioning of his arm and legs.  He threw at about fifty to sixty percent.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

2013 draft class training camp at Lotte Urawa Stadium ended today.

1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa tossed forty-three pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen.  He told reporters he was hoping to toss his first session with a squatting catcher on the first day of spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/23/2014