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[2/11/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.11, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Mitsuo Yoshikawa Bullpen 2/11 167 Including fastballs and curves.  Daily Sports 2/11/2014
Yuki Saito Bullpen 2/11 65 Fourth session since the start of camp.  Nikkan Sports 2/11/2014
Shohei Otani Bullpen 2/11 57 Tested slide step.  Nikkan Sports 2/11/2014, Sponichi 2/11/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Sunday was the last day of the second block of camp.
  • Tuesday's practice game against the Hanshin Tigers was canceled due to rain.
  • Dai-Kang Yoh worked on his lower body over the winter and added five kilograms to his frame.  He currently weighs eighty-seven kilograms.  Source: Sponichi 2/10/2014
  • Naoki Miyanishi joined Ichi-gun camp on the 11th.  Source: Sanpso 2/10/2014
  • Juan Miranda and Michel Abreu arrived in Japan on Monday and Okinawa on Tuesday morning.  They joined Nago camp for workouts in the afternoon.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2014, Daily Sports 2/10/2014
  • The Fighters held a press conference for Miranda at the Nago camp facilities on Tuesday.  Source: official announcement
  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against KIA on the 13th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2014

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Hideki Kuriyama would like Shohei Otani to play in at least five games a week -- one game as a pitcher, one game off, then four days as a position player (primarily as a designated hitter).  He could give his idea a try during the summer, after Inter-league play.

For example, when the team plays six games in a row from Tuesday to Sunday: play in games as a position player from Tuesday to Friday, rest on Saturday, start Sunday's game as a pitcher, day off on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/11/2014, Sports Hochi 2/11/2014