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[12/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Dec.23, 2014 @ 2:25 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono could start the year at Ni-gun spring camp next year, depending on his condition. He is currently rehabbing after right knee and right elbow surgery in early November. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2014
  • Tomoya Inzen's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,868 grams, on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Former Giant Hideki Matsui will be appearing on a television program called Sawako-no Asa on the 27th. During the recording for the show on Sunday, he said he had no interest in commentary because for him, baseball was something to do, not talk about it. He also said that if he was going to return to the sport, it would be in a position on the field, like a coach or manager. However, he currently has no interest in returning to the game full-time. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to sit down with Shintaro Fujinami to talk about his spring camp menu. "I was thinking about pushing things back with Fujinami and [Minoru] Iwata. They were on the Samurai Japan roster so they ended up pitching quite a bit. I'd like to discuss that with them before the start of spring camp," said Nakanishi. Fujinami has mentioned wanting to pitch more during spring camp. Nakanishi is concerned about the workload coming off a longer than usual season. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Ryota Arai had problems with his lower back this season. He has been working on keeping his weight down by cutting back on carbohydrates. He has so far lost about four kilograms and is at ninety-three. He has also been doing more core workouts and running. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014
  • Takashi Toritani may not have decided where he is going to play next season, but the Tigers have to begin making decisions about his merchandising opportunities if they want things to be ready by spring camp. They are planning to proceed under the assumption that he stays. Source: Sports Hochi 12/22/2014, Sanspo 12/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hirotaka Egusa's (34) wife, Yoshie Takeshita (36), is pregnant with the couple's first child. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014