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[2/7/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.08, 2015 @ 5:05 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Ibata participated in early fielding practices on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2015
  • Hisayoshi Chono wore cleats during workouts on Friday for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow and knee in November last year. He fielded thirty baseballs during fielding practice and played catch at a maximum distance of thirty meters. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2015

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata is planning to give first round draft pick Takayoshi Noma a chance to play in right and bat lead-off during intra-squad games that begin on the 10th. Ogata wants to help Noma get used to pro-level pitching by giving him as many at bats as possible. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2015 ... Noma wanted to give back to his alma mater Chubu Gakuin University and donated about five million yen to build a roof for the university's bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2015
  • Deunte Heath ended practices early on the 5th because he was not feeling well. He was examined at a hospital on the 6th and diagnosed with influenza B. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ni-gun camp had the day off on Saturday.
  • Hyuma Matsui will be called up after Hiroyuki Shirasaki suffered a muscle strain in his left calf during practices on Saturday. Hiroshi Kobayashi, Kota Suda, Atori Ota, Kohei Mantani, Kisho Kagami, Kensuke Uchimura, Toshiro Miyazaki, and Daichi Akahori will be called up for an intra-squad game on the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2014
  • The Bay Stars held a press conference for Yoslan Herrera on Saturday. Source: official announcement ... Herrera arrived in Naha on Thursday night and had the day off on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2015
  • Taketoshi Goto showed reporters his GOMEZ uniform on Friday. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2015
  • Yulieski Gourriel is still interested in playing in the Majors. Source: MLB.com 2/7/2015
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata made a deal with Hideki Matsui on Friday: if he could hit the outfield fence on one hop while batting against him, Matsui would take batting practice as a hitter on Saturday. Nakahata took eleven swings against Matsui (fourteen pitches) and failed to reach the outfield fence on one hop. However, Nakahata did not want to give up and told media and fans that Matsui would still take batting practice on Saturday. Incidentally, the deal originally started with Nakahata having to hit a home run off Matsui. Source: Sponichi 2/7/2015, Chunichi Sports 2/7/2015 ... Hideki Matsui took batting practice against Hisanori Takahashi on Saturday. Takahashi threw forty-four to forty-seven pitches, Matsui swung the bat twenty-eight times and recorded nine could-be hits, including one home run. Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2015, Daily Sports 2/7/2015, Sponichi 2/7/2015 ... The home run came on the twenty-second pitch. The session was supposed to end after around thirty-five pitches, but kept going because Matsui thought he could hit another home run. Source: Sanspo 2/7/2015
  • There is a good chance Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will make the Samurai Japan Global Baseball Match roster. Shoichi Ino and Takayuki Kajitani are also possibilities. Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2015

Yakult Swallows