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[2/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:50 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Nao Higashihama is slated to start a practice game against Samsung (KBO) at YafuOku Dome on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to continue testing different line-ups until the start of the regular season. He would like to establish an "everyday" line-up for the regular season. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015
  • The Hawks scanned and checked shoulders for every pitcher in the organization during spring camp using three ultrasound machines. The goal was to get a better feel for shoulder conditions and to establish potential baselines for some of the players. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki is thinking about testing some Ni-gun players during a five-game (practice games) stretch that begins on the 24th. Players like Yoshitomo Tani and Keiichi Hirano might see some playing time on the 27th (vs Seibu) or 28th (vs Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Urano rejoined the Ichi-gun team on the 24th after missing time with some tightness in his right inner thigh. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • A retirement ceremony will be held for assistant general manager Masao Kida on March 4. He will face Yomiuri manager Tatsunori Hara and his catcher will be player/battery coach Satoshi Nakajima. Kida began his NPB career with the Yomiuri Giants; the last NPB team he played for was the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Sponichi 2/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka could present his graduation thesis in early March to make sure he has enough time to make corrections before his final submission deadline on March 20 without cutting into his practice schedule. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015

Seibu Lions

Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiroshi Katayama made his debut as a position player in a Ni-gun practie game against KT (KBO) on Tuesday. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and flied out to right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015