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[2/3/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters New and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 4:43 am, under NPB

Batting Practice

February 2

  • 1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe - forty-four swings, one over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 3

  • Shohei Otani - sixty-three pitches; including slider and curve
  • Michael Crotta - thirty-five pitches to squatting catcher; including breaking balls; kept track of balls and strikes
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa - thirty-three pitches to squatting catcher; all fastballs

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014, Daily Sports 2/3/2014, Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sanspo 2/3/2014

February 2

  • Yuki Saito - sixty-seven pitches during first session, forty-five pitches during second session after general workouts
  • Yuya Ishii - seventy pitches; including breaking balls
  • Yohei Kagiya - fifty-six pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Sanspo 2/3/2014Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014


Yuki Saito has been working on a new shuto that has a similar grip to a fastball.  He threw five during his bullpen session on Sunday. ... He is scheduled to toss live batting practice on the 6th.  He will also pitch in an intra-squad game on the 8th.

Source: ZakZak 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014

Saito has been using a new pair of Mizuno cleats since the start of spring camp that provides better stability.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014


Shohei Otani's left shoe flew off during running exercises on Sunday morning.  Most were laughing, but Hideki Kuriyama was not because he was concerned about injury.  He wants Otani to exercise a little more caution.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014

Otani spent some time throwing into a net after general workouts on Monday.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014