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[2/7/2014] Yakult Swallows News and Notes

by on Feb.08, 2014 @ 2:13 am, under NPB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Ryohei Kiya BP 2/7 50 Faced Tsuyoshi Ueda.  Sanspo 2/7/2014 

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Wladimir Balentien's bat swing speed was clocked at 151km/h during workouts on Friday.

Top five swing speeds: Balentien (151), Tetsuto Yamada (143), Yasushi Iihara (141), Akihisa Nishida (140), and 6th round draft pick Ryota Fujii.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/7/2014

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Ryohei Kiya had problems with a two-stage motion and made adjustments over the off-season.  Umpires gave his updated motion a green light during spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/7/2014

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Shohei Tateyama threw 110 pitches during his bullpen session on Thursday.  He also took two breaks during the session: fifty pitches, break, thirty pitches, break, thirty pitches.  He did the routine he usually does during the season for the first fifty pitches -- start with sliders outside while moving to the change-up, ten pitch types, five pitches each.  For the next thirty, he mixed his pitches up.  For the final thirty, he wanted to make it past 100 pitches, as if it were a game.

Source: Sanspo 2/7/2014

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Chris Narveson threw all his pitches during a bullpen session on Thursday.  Ryoji Aikawa caught the session.  Afterward, Narveson spoke to Aikawa to make sure the two were on the same page about pitch selection.

Source: Sanspo 2/7/2014