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[2/8/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.09, 2015 @ 7:59 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto is currently using a bat that weighs 900 to 910 grams. Tatsunori Hara told Okamoto he should use a heavier and bigger bat if he considered himself a slugger. Source: Sanspo 2/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2015 ... Okamoto is slated to play in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on the 12th. Source: Nikkan Soprts 2/8/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami might not be selected to the next Samurai Japan roster because there is a chance he might be named opening day pitcher. Doing both might be difficult. Source: Sanspo 2/8/2015
  • Mauro Gomez began his workouts at Ginoza camp on Sunday. He will join the others once he is ready. Source: Sports Hochi 2/8/2015 ... Gomez on what happened with his passport: "I was careless. I left a bag containing my passport, visa, wallet, and credit cards. I want to apologize for this late arrival. It happened the night before my departure. I had just returned from eating out with my family because it was going to be my last night in the Dominican Republic. It was a little late, so maybe some one was following me. I'm not really sure what happened, but it was my fault for leaving valuables in my car. I should not have done that. I contacted the team after that and I did my best to apply for a new passport and visa. I apologize for taking so long. It was my fault." Source: Sponichi 2/8/2015
  • Development coach Masayuki Kakefu's stint at Ichi-gun camp in Ginoza ended on Saturday. He will report to Ni-gun camp in Kochi beginning on the 11th. Source: Sanspo 2/8/2015
  • Sunday was Yutaka Enatsu's last day as a special spring camp instructor. Source: Sports Hochi 2/8/2015 ... Kakefu selected Hiroya Shimamoto as his MVP for camp and gave him a glove. Source: Sanspo 2/8/2015
  • General manager Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters on Saturday that they held tryouts in the Dominican Republic and spotted a right-handed pitcher in his mid-twenties that could throw 160km/h. They are thinking about making him an offer. They are also slated to give Yao-Lin Wang a tryout at Kochi camp some time around the 20th. They are not planning to make any decisions until after they have seen Wang. Source: Sanspo 2/8/2015 ... The pitcher is Juan Jaime. Source: Sports Hochi 2/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2015, Sponichi 2/8/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Rainel Rosario visited the hospital on Saturday because he was not feeling well (headache, stomach pain, fever) and was diagnosed with acute appendicitis. He received treatment and returned to the team hotel for rest. There are currently no plans for him to go under the knife. Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2015
  • Yusuke Nomura dropped about six kilograms during the off-season. Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kyohei Kamezawa joined Ichi-gun camp on Sunday. Anderson Hernandez was sent down to Ni-gun camp with lower back pain. Source: Sports Hochi 2/8/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Nippon Ham on the 14th. Source: Sponichi 2/8/2015
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata spent about forty-minutes hitting grounders to Hyuma and third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto after Sunday's intra-squad game. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2015