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[2/8/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.09, 2014 @ 4:46 am, under NPB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/8 72 Fifth session since the start of camp.  Sponichi 2/8/2014
Travis Blackley Bullpen 2/8 28 Including breaking pitches; Motohiro Shima caught the session; tossed the session at about seventy-five percent; first session since the start of camp.  Sanspo 2/8/2014
Manabu Mima Bullpen 2/7 51 Squatting catcher; including breaking pitches.  Sports Hochi 2/8/2014


Quick Notes

  • Miyagi Prefecture presented the Eagles with a number of food items on Saturday, including 300 sasakamaboko, 200 kilograms of rice, 100 packs of strawberries, and thirty kilograms of Sendai beef.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2014
  • The Eagles held a press conference for Kevin Youkilis on Saturday.  Source: Sanspo 2/8/2014, Sponichi 2/8/2014
  • Senichi Hoshino has told Mitsutaka Goto to be ready to play the outfield.  He has played one game in the outfield -- September 17, 2007: he started at second and was shifted to left partway through the game.  Source: Sponichi 2/8/2014
  • Yudai Mori tossed batting practice on Saturday.  He struggled with his control and accidentally plunked Andruw Jones.  Mori is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 11th. Source: Sponichi 2/8/2014


Tadashi Ishimine reported fewer pitches during Yuki Matsui's bullpen session the other day because the youngster looked a little tired and he did not want him to get hurt by throwing too much.  When Ishimine shouted fifty to Matsui, the actual count was forty-seven.  When he shouted sixty, it was fifty-six.  The last pitch was eighty-eight, when it fact it was really eighty-two.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/8/2014