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[2/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 8:53 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui returned to New York out of Narita Airport on Monday. Source: Sponichi 2/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto and Takashi Toritani took extra fielding practice at second and short on Monday. They fielded grounders and worked on making throws to second. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki is set to pitch in a Ni-gun Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Fumiya Araki missed practices on the 23rd with enteritis. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are interested in Nexxen's thirty-two-year-old closer Seung-Lak Son (KBO) as a possible replacement for Seung-Hwan Oh. The Tigers would like to re-sign Oh, but they are not sure what his plans are after this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015
  • The Tigers are also interested in thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda will start and pitch two innings in an intra-squad game on the 25th. Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Ryuji Ichioka, Allen Kuri, Shota Nakazaki, and Deunte Heath are also set to make appearances in the game. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is set to toss batting practice on the 25th. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015
  • Yusuke Nomura has been using a practice glove during spring camp with a design that makes it look like Mazinger Z. Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto will pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015 ... Yamamoto hinted that this might be his last year when he told reporters during a walk on his day off on Monday, "This might be the last of these kinds of things. Not just in terms of this camp, but over thirty-two years." He also said, "Every year I say I'm about ninety percent done," and "No matter how you look at it, this is the end of a chapter. I turn fifty this year. I want to keep things normal because it's going to be the last." Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is slated to arrive in Japan on March 2. He may not be ready for the active roster until some time in early April. Source: Sanspo 2/24/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa and Masanori Ishikawa will most likely get starts during an upcoming two-game exhibition series against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Ogawa will likely start the first game on February 28 and Ishikawa the second game on March 1. The starting line-up, one through nine, for the first game, could be: Tetsuto Yamada at second base, Shingo Kawabata at third, Lastings Milledge at designated hitter, Yuhei in center, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama at first, Yasuhiro Tanaka in left, Keiji Obiki at short, Yuhei Nakamura at catcher, and Tsuyoshi Ueda in right. Source: Sports Hochi 2/24/2015