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[3/2/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.03, 2015 @ 2:39 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano sat down with three pitching coaches on March 1 to review film of his delivery and discuss possible adjustments to his mechanics. His next outing will be pushed back from March 7 to either March 11 or 12. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015, Sanspo 3/2/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki will start an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. He will pitch five innings. Akira Iwamoto will follow and pitch four innings in relief. If Iwamoto pitches well, he could pitch in another exhibition game on the 8th against Yomiuri. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh will most likely pitch in an exhibition game against Hiroshima on the 10th. He will probably pitch in two more exhibition games before the start of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami on the mound at Kyocera Dome: "I don't really have any good memories. If you were to ask if I liked it or not, I'd say I don't really like it. It's hard and there isn't much of an incline, so my pitches tend to rise. It's a different kind of mound, unlike Koshien. But it isn't a major game changer." Source: Daily Sports 3/2/2015
  • Kazuya Tsutsui, Kazuhito Futagami, and Shoya Yamamoto returned to Osaka on March 1. They will get some playing time at Ni-gun (Kyoiku League). Source: Sanspo 3/2/2015
  • Former Tiger Ken Nishimura (28) signed with the Ishikawa Million Stars (BC League). Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Seventh round draft pick Issei Endo was drafted as an infielder. The Dragons may be planning to convert him to an outfielder. He worked out in right during pre-game fielding practice on Monday. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien arrived at Narita Airport on Monday. He told reporters he would rather focus solely on rehabbing until he is 100 percent instead of rehabbing while being used as a bat off the bench. Source: Chunichi Sports 3/2/2015, Sponichi 3/2/2015 ... Balentien arrived with his wife and daughter. His doctor told him he should be okay for a full return in early April or May. He does not feel it will take that long. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2015
  • Toshihiro Sugiura could start the third game of the opening series (March 29 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium). Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Orix on March 11. Source: Sponichi 3/2/2015
  • Ryohei Kiya, fourth round draft pick Tetsuya Terada, Naomichi Nishiura, Ryota Yachi, and Wataru Hiyane were sent down to Ni-gun on March 2 for more work. Takahiro Imanami was called up to Ichi-gun. Source: Sanspo 3/2/2015