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[1/30/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.31, 2015 @ 4:36 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He threw at about sixty percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Hirokazu Sawamura tossed a bullpen session to a standing catcher on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/30/2015
  • Takahiro Suzuki missed practices on Thursday because of a fever. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • The Sky Tree is the tallest structure in Japan. Tatsunori Hara dubbed Aaron Poreda (198 centimeters), Miles Mikolas (196 centimeters), and Scott Mathieson (191 centimeters) the Sky Three. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Sponichi 1/30/2015
  • Seiji Kobayashi admitted that he was in a relationship with Fuji TV reporter Tomo Miyazawa. Friday, a weekly magazine, recently published photos of Miyazawa staying at Kobayashi's apartment in January. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Hideki Matsui will visit Giants spring camp on February 3 and 4. He will also visit the Yokohama Bay Stars Okinawa camp between February 5 and 7. He will return to the United States after that and will most likely head to Florida for New York Yankees camp on February 21 as a special roving instructor. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez will most likely miss the first day of spring camp. Gomez has applied for a new passport but is still waiting for it to arrive. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015 ... According to Sanspo, Gomez had to leave on the 29th (local time) in order to make it to Okinawa on the 31st. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Friday. Kazunari Tsuruoka caught the session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi tossed his second bullpen session of the year on Friday. He threw fifty pitches, all fastballs. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015 ... Ishizaki tossed thirty-seven pitches, all fastballs, to a half-squatting catcher on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Ryutaro Umeno swung the bat forty-three times during batting practice on Friday and hit one over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... Umeno swung the bat thirty-eight times on Thursday and hit two over the fence, both to left. He also worked on hitting the ball the other way and hit twenty baseballs between right and center. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama threw off a bullpen mound (not off the rubber, not full distance) on Friday for about fifteen minutes to get a feel for the incline. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi swung the bat forty-three times during batting practice on Thursday and hit two over the fence. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015 ... Egoshi took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Friday and hit nine over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya threw fifty pitches, including curves and change-ups, in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • Ryota Imanari swung the bat forty-six times during batting practice on Thursday and recorded twenty-three could-be hits. Eighteen swings came against left-handed pitching and each pitch was hit between center and right. Source: Sanspo 1/30/2015
  • The city of Aki in Kochi is planning on making improvements to the facilities used by the Ni-gun Tigers during spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda told reporters on Friday he dropped about four kilograms around New Years because of the flu and gastroenteritis. He was down to seventy-six kilograms at one point, but is now back to about seventy-eight. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi threw thirty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Daisuke Yamai threw twenty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. It was the first time he threw off an incline this year. Takuya Asao also tossed his first bullpen of the year -- a light thirty-five pitch session. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Tatsuro Hamada did not participate in Ni-gun workouts in Yomitan, Okinawa on Friday because of infectious gastroenteritis. There is a chance he may have contracted the norovirus. Hamada had a fever and diarrhea on Thursday night and was examined at a hospital on Friday morning. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015
  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori is okay with first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura taking his time to get ready for the season. He would rather Nomura be thorough than get hurt. The rookie was the last pitcher to toss a bullpen session during the mini-camp that began on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi's registered name will change from Hisanori to Takahashi Hisanori this season. Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2015
  • Taketoshi Goto is planning to change his uniform name to GOMEZ. He was given the nickname after he apologized to a teammate for being late to a meeting by saying, "gome-en-su." His registered name will remain the same. Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2015