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[1/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.29, 2015 @ 2:22 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Aaron Poreda arrived at Haneda Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015 ... Miles Mikolas arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi threw thirty-one pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015
  • Hayato Sakamoto (tightness in lower back) did some light training at the Kawasaki facility on Wednesday. He is planning to join the rest of the team in Miyazaki on the 31st. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015 ... Sakamoto could start the year at Ni-gun spring camp depending on the condition of his lower back. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger arrived at Kansai Airport on Wednesday. His wife gave birth the couple's fourth child, a boy, in November last year. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015, Daily Sports 1/28/2015
  • Matt Murton worked on his trunk muscles this off-season and dropped three to four kilograms. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi threw thirty-six pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in his first bullpen session of the year on Wednesday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015, Sponichi 1/28/2015
  • Ryoma Matsuda threw sixty-four pitches, including sliders and change-ups, in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was the most he has thrown this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami will be trying a new type of glove that should assist him when fielding grounders. He will also be moving away from the color black. The new glove is dark navy. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015 ... Fujinami threw fifty-six pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. Twenty fastballs to a standing catcher and thirty-six to a squatting catcher. He threw three curves, three sliders, four forkballs, three change-ups, two two-seamers, and one cutter. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015
  • Kentaro Kuwahara threw forty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda threw forty-one pitches to a squatting catcher on Tuesday. Kaneda pushed his weight from eighty-one to eighty-three kilograms this winter. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi used a bat that weighs 900 grams, about ten lighter than what he used in college, during batting practice on Tuesday. The new bat also had a thicker handle. Source: Sanspo 1/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The city of Nichinan started work on a large indoor facility on June 2 last year. Construction will not be complete until March 31, but the Carp will be allowed to use what is finished during spring camp. The total cost of the facilities will be about 330 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons held a press conference for Amaury RivasRaul Valdes, and Ricardo Nanita on Wednesday. Source: official announcement
  • Yudai Ono threw twenty-two pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. Eighth round draft pick Masashi Yamamoto threw sixty-one. Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2015
  • Daisuke Yamai was presented with the 33rd Dragons Crown Award. He was also given a Crown Hybrid Athlete G. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Jose Lopez arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. His flight was delayed three hours because of plane troubles. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2015 ... Guillermo Moscoso and Aarom Baldiris also arrived at Narita Airport on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2015
  • The media learned Shun Yamaguchi (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman on December 25 last year. Yamaguchi worked out in Guam for eighteen days with Chunichi's Takuya Asao. He dropped five kilograms and now weighs ninety-seven kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/28/2015

Yakult Swallows