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[2/3/2014] Softbank Hawks News and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 5:30 am, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 3

  • Kazuyuki Hoashi - fifty-one pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

February 2

  • Kenichi Nakata - 120 pitches; including breaking balls; Takuya Kai caught the session
  • Nagisa Arakaki - 111 pitches; second session in as many days

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


Kenji Otonari tossed another bullpen session on Monday.  It was his third session of 100 or more pitches in as many days.  He is planning to toss another bullpen on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014


Nao Higashihama has been working on a curve.  While he is unable to throw a traditional curve because of a complex fracture he suffered when he was in elementary school, he still managed to find a grip that allows him throw a ball with movement like a curve.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014


Nagisa Arakaki has a slightly longer right leg due to a surgical procedure he had on his right knee when he was a kid.  As a result, his left leg tended to straighten out on the landing.  He is currently trying to use the left knee a little more to improve efficiency and stability.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014


Koji Akiyama is spending a little more time watching players at Ni-gun camp this spring because there are more of them to watch (especially with all the new foreign players they signed this off-season) and because his presence might keep them motivated.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/3/2014