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[2/9/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.10, 2014 @ 3:19 am, under NPB

Name Date Swings Notes
Yamato 2/9   Batting practice scrimmage; collected hits off Minoru Iwata and Daiki Enokida; went 2-for-2.  Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014
Shintaro Yokota 2/9   Three over the fence against a machine, four over the fence against a batting practice pitcher; first session of outdoor batting practice since the start of camp.  Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Minoru Iwata BPs 2/9   Faced seven hitters; struck out Shinji Komiyama looking; allowed three hits.  Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014
Seung Hwan Oh Bullpen 2/9 55 Akihito Fujii caught the session partway through.  Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014
Shintaro Fujinami Bullpen 2/9 67 Yutaka Wada stepped into the batter's box for the last ten pitches or so.  Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014
Yuta Iwasada Bullpen 2/8 88 Threw 30 to a standing catcher and 58 to a squatting catcher; including slider, cutter, curve.  Sanspo 2/9/2014
Kazuhito Futagami Bullpen 2/8 121 Had Kosuke Fukudome stand in the batter's box during the session; seventh bullpen since the start of camp.  Sanspo 2/9/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Mauro Gomez is scheduled to arrive on the 10th. ... Takashi Toritani returned to workouts on Sunday after battling the flu. Kazunari Tsuruoka is expected to rejoin the team on Monday.  Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014
  • Haruki Kurose was called up to Ginoza camp.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada is scheduled to toss batting practice on Monday.  Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014
  • Takumi Akiyama is scheduled to start a practice game against Nippon Ham on the 11th.  He will toss three innings.  Source: Sanpso 2/9/2014
  • Matt Murton would like to play in an intra-squad game on the 15th and a practice game against Yokohama on the 16th.  He would like fifty to seventy trips to the plate before the start of the regular season  Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014
  • Naoto Nishida is planning to give third base a try, in addition to his primary position (short).  Source: Sponichi 2/9/2014

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Hirokazu Shiranita had to cancel a bullpen session on Saturday because he hurt his right middle finger.  Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014

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The Tigers were expecting a large number of media from Korea for Seung Hwan Oh's first bullpen session on Friday, but only one company showed up.  Merchandising has not gone very well either.  Part of the problem might have to do with the Sochi Olympics.

Source: ZakZak 2/9/2014

Oh caught the eye of an umpire during his bullpen session on Sunday.  The umpire later informed coaches that the righty might be using a two-step motion.  The Tigers feel Oh is not doing anything wrong since he was never called on his mechanics during the World Baseball Classic.  Discussions will be ongoing.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014

Oh had trouble understanding instructions called out by the catcher during infield drills on Saturday.  On a ball hit back to the pitcher, with a runner on second and no out, catcher Takashi Shimizu shouted out third, but he looked over to third once and then threw to first.  On a squeeze play, with runners on first and third and one out, Shimizu shouted home, but he threw over to first.  He was fine after the words and pronunciations were reviewed.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014, Daily Sports 2/9/2014

Oh will most likely toss batting practice on the 13th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014