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[2/5/2014] Hanshin Tigers New and Notes

by on Feb.06, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB

Name Date Swings Notes
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2/5 74 Thirteen over the fence.  Sponichi 2/5/2014
Matt Murton 2/4 84 Eleven over the fence.  Sponichi 2/5/2014
Masahiro Nakatani 2/4 24 Six over the fence.  Sanspo 2/5/2014
Takahiro Arai 2/4 67 Two over the fence.  Sanspo 2/5/2014
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2/3 48 Four over the fence.  Sponichi 2/5/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Shintaro Fujinami Bullpen 2/5 49 Squatting catcher; including breaking balls; third session since the start of camp.  Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014
Randy Messenger Bullpen 2/4 60 Sanspo 2/5/2014
Kazuhito Futagami Bullpen 2/4 101 Sanspo 2/5/2014

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Wednesday was the end of the first block of camp.

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Takashi Toritani and Akihito Fujii missed workouts on Wednesday with fevers.  Toritani did participate in early morning training, but ended up going to the hospital for an examination because he felt sick.  Both players apparently tested positive for influenza A.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014, Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Tomoyuki Kubota returned to Osaka on Tuesday because of pain in his right elbow.  He will be examined by the team doctor.  No word on when he might be able to rejoin the team.

Kubota was having problems with his elbow since the start of camp and had not tossed a bullpen session.  He was also unable to increase distances when playing catch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

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Matt Murton gave the crowd something to cheer about when he ran from first to third and slid headfirst into bag during base-running practices on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Takahiro Arai took extra fielding practice on Tuesday with help from INF/Base-running Coach Nobuhiro Takashiro.  He fielded about 200 baseballs.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2014

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The Tigers understand why Mauro Gomez wants to be with his family right now, but are also unsure how things should proceed.  Workouts and practices will move up to the next level during the second block of camp.  If he misses parts or all of the second block, he will have a lot to catch-up on and rushing him through the process might cause problems down the road.  The Tigers are not trying to think too far ahead and will wait to make a final decision on what to do until they have had a chance to see where Gomez is in his training.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Randy Messenger's nickname for Seung Hwan Oh is Machine.  Reason: because he can run a lot, trains hard, and is durable.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014, Sponichi 2/5/2014, Tokyo Sports 2/5/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu told reporters on Wednesday that he was able to watch footage of Ichi-gun batting practice on Tuesday night.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

Kakefu had players do rapid fire-swings and deep squat swings during soft-toss batting practice on Tuesday.

Rapid-Fire Swings - swing the bat twenty times at baseballs tossed at a pace of three balls every two seconds

Deep-Squat Swings - twenty swings at soft-toss baseballs with feet firmly planted and knees bent deep

Each player did five sets of each for a total 200 swings.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2014

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Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley likes to keep things fresh and sometimes sets up mini games with hitters during batting practice -- if the hitter drives in three runs on could-be hits, the hitter wins; if the pitcher records three outs, the pitcher wins.

Source: ZakZak 2/5/2014

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Samurai Japan Manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Ginoza camp on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Ginoza camp on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2014