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[2/7/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.08, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB

Name Date Swings Notes
Rintaro Kitagawa 2/6 20 Faced Hiroyuki Fukuyama and Sho Miyagawa; collected six could-be hits.  Nikkan Sports 2/7/2014
Andruw Jones 2/6 19 Three could-be hits off Wataru Karashima.  Nikkan Sports 2/7/2014


Quick Notes

  • Members of the 2013 draft class visited a couple of tourist attractions on their day off on Friday: a prawn farm and an awamori distillery.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2014
  • 2nd round draft pick Yasuhito Uchida swung the bat about 2,100 times during early morning soft-toss batting practice on Friday (seven sets of about 300 baseballs).   Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2014
  • Kevin Youkilis arrived at Naha Airport from San Francisco (via Narita Airport) on Friday.  He will head to Kumejima on Saturday.  Source: Sponichi 2/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/7/2014


Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato told reporters on Thursday that while 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui is capable of pitching in a scrimmage or game, he will not allow him to just yet.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2014

Sato wants Matsui to address a couple of things, including: 1) his left heel is pointing toward the catcher when he is in the upright position, 2) khis right shoulder is opening up too quickly, and 3) his back is curved when he pulls his arm back.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2014