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[12/16/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • Naomasa Yokawa used a Hirokazu Ibata model glove this season. Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu advised him to use a larger glove if he was going to continue at third base. Yokawa decided to switch to a glove similar to the one Shuichi Murata uses. It is about five millimeters longer overall with a thumb section that is roughly five millimeters shorter. It also has a larger and deeper palm/pocket. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Travis Mikihisa Samura is thinking about going with Travis over Samura for his uniform. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka told reporters he plans to assign all eight members of the 2014 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp next year. "I want to see how they're doing. If they're physically okay, we can call them up by around the 14th," said Manaka. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Tetsuto Yamada had a tonsillectomy on the 14th. He will be discharged from the hospital on the 19th and will not be able to eat solid foods for about two weeks. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Genki Nitta joined the staff as a batting practice pitcher. He threw over 1,600 pitches during fall camp. He also caught over 1,000 pitches in the bullpen. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014