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[2/3/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 6:09 am, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 3

  • Takahiro Norimoto - forty-one pitches; including curve; had someone stand in the batter's box partway through the session
  • Outfielder Ryo Hijiirsawa - sixty pitches; all fastballs; wanted to work on his throwing
  • Outfielder Akihisa Makida also threw in the bullpen to work on his throwing

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

February 2

  • Yudai Mori - sixty pitches to squatting catcher; all fastballs

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


1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui has already started making adjustments to his mechanics to stop himself from falling toward third base after he throws the ball.  Of the sixty-five pitches he threw in the bullpen on Sunday, he fell toward third twenty-one times.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

Matsui threw fifty-five fastballs before he decided to throw a curve during his bullpen session on Sunday.  Of the fifty-five fastballs he threw, twenty-eight were strikes and twenty-seven were balls.  The curve he threw missed the zone.  He followed up with nine more pitches (eight fastballs and one curve) and threw eight for strikes.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2014

Matsui dove for a ball during fielding practice on Sunday and was told not to (out of fear he might get hurt).

Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2014


Tatsuro IwasakiAndruw Jones, and Yusuke Kosai were at first base during infield drills on Sunday.

Iwasaki has played second, third, and short in the past.  He also brought an outfielder's glove with him to spring camp, but he did not have a first baseman's mitt.  He borrowed a mitt from Jones and placed an order for one of his own.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014