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[1/19/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.20, 2015 @ 1:52 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto took things slow during practices on Sunday because of discomfort in his lower back. He first started feeling some tightness in his lower back on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015
  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone tossed twenty pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session since turning professional. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Naoto Tsuru worked out with Kyuji Fujikawa in Okinawa on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw sixteen warm-up pitches before throwing thirty fastballs to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015 ... Ishizaki tossed another session on Monday, his second in as many days. He threw thirty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya threw forty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. He threw twenty-five fastballs, followed by one curve, another fastball, another curve, three fastballs, another curve, and then fourteen fastballs to finish off the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015 ... Moriya also threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Monday, his second session in as many days. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2014 draft class practiced at Mazda Stadium on Monday for the first time. Morning workouts were held at the Ono facilities and shifted to the stadium in the afternoon. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015
  • Ikusei outfielder Tsukasa Morishita shaved his head on Saturday and said to reporters on Sunday, "I feel this will be the end if I don't make it this year. I did it to psych myself up." Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015
  • Former Carp Kila Ka'aihue (30) signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Source: MLB.com's William Ladson 1/19/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2015
  • Ikusei second round draft pick Kodai Ishigaki threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Kenichi Matsuoka worked out at Jingu Gaien on Monday. He was in the United States between January 2 and 18 working out in Los Angeles with Kentaro Kyuko. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015
  • Shohei Tateyama (right elbow) threw off the bullpen mound on Monday (twenty-six pitches to a standing catcher). He will most likely start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. Tateyama was training in Hawaii from mid-December until January 16th. Source: Sports Hochi 1/19/2015, Sanspo 1/19/2015
  • Masanori Ishikawa tossed batting practice to Yuhei, Hiroyasu Tanaka, and Akihisa Nishida for about thirty minutes on Sunday. Ishikawa dropped his fat content by three percent to fifteen. Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015
  • The Swallows announced on Monday that seventh round draft pick Izumi Hara was diagnosed with influenza A. Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015

[1/19/2015] Former Dragon Ta-Feng Chen dies after battle with leukemia

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 7:31 pm, under NPB
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Former Chunichi Dragon Ta-Feng Chen, also known as Yasuaki Taiho, died of acute myeloid leukemia at Nagoya hospital at 10:41pm on the 18th. He was fifty-one years old.

Chen was selected by the Dragons in the second round of the 1988 draft (he took on a job in the Chunichi organization after he graduated from Nagoya Shoka University to earn his status as a Japanese player). He was later traded to the Hanshin Tigers in 1998 (Chen, Akihiro Yano for Koichi Sekikawa and Teruyoshi Kuji) and returned to Nagoya in 2001. He was released after the 2002 season and wanted to continue playing, but retired because there was no interest. He did some scouting for Chunichi after retirement and helped the organization sign Wei-Ying Chen.

Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2015, Sponichi 1/19/2015

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[1/18/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Sunday. He threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, at seventy percent. It was his first session since turning professional. Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone also tossed a bullpen session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Kan Otake threw about fifty pitches to a standing catcher on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2015
  • The 2014 draft class took a battery of vision tests on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen at the Naruohama facilities on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya tossed forty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Hiroya Shimamoto gained three kilograms in about a month and currently weighs seventy-three kilograms. He is trying to push his weight to seventy-five kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2015
  • Minoru Iwata is working out with former Hanshin teammate Brooks Conrad in Arizona. Conrad is open to a return to Japan. Iwata has been in Arizona for about two weeks. He has been working on strengthening his glutes, hips, and thighs. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi does not think this year's opening day start should go to a veteran. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2015
  • Kubota Slugger made three gloves for Takashi Toritani: black and brown, same size as last season, black label; black and brown, same size as last season but with a thinner pocket, light blue label; brown, about five millimeters larger than last season's glove, sturdy pocket. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to assign one or more batting practice pitchers to Ni-gun spring camp this year. "We'll be send batting practice pitchers to Aki this year. We have more of them now. It might be a first in organization history. Or at least in recent memory," said someone connected to the team. Source: Sponichi 1/18/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki threw forty-two pitches, including the knuckleball, curve, and two-seamer, to a squatting catcher at the Yokosuka facilities on Sunday. It was his fourth session since the start of rookie training camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Takayuki Kajitani started the 2014 season at eighty-three kilograms and dropped to seventy-five during the summer months. He has managed to push his weight up to eighty-four kilograms by eating four to five meals a day. He is hoping to keep his weight at around eighty-six kilograms this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2015, Sponichi 1/18/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles last October. He is making good progress, but may not be ready for spring camp in February. Source: Sponichi 1/18/2015
  • First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita tossed a bullpen session at the facilities in Toda on Sunday. He threw twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher at about seventy percent. It was his first session since he turned professional. Third round draft pick Koji Yamakawa caught the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015

[1/17/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.18, 2015 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake is about four kilograms lighter than last year. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/17/2015
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi started cleaning his toilet before his starts when he was in a slump five years ago. In Feng shui, clean toilets can lead to good health and fortune. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a moment of silence at the Naruohama facilities on Saturday to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka had a follow-up exam on his right elbow on the 14th. He is making good progress and is close to regaining full-range of movement. He will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki, third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi, and fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/17/2015, Sanspo 1/17/2015
  • Yuya Ando and Kosuke Kato will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Ando told pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi that he wanted to start the year at Ni-gun camp because he was taking things slow. Source: Sanspo 1/17/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The 2014 draft class took physical fitness tests on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda is prepared to retired if he fails to record at least ten wins this season. "I need to win at least ten games. At this age and with this kind of contract, there are obligations to consider. If I don't meet those obligations, there will come a time where I will need to make a decision," said Kuroda. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai, Yudai Ono, and Kazuki Yoshimi are among the candidates for the opening day start on March 27. A member of the 2014 draft class is also a possibility, like first round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura and second round draft pick Tomohiro Hamada. Source: Daily Sports 1/17/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Takai used a black and brown glove last season. He will change to a brown-only glove this season because brown leather is better quality than black. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2015

[1/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 5:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is coming off right elbow and right knee surgery. He will be called up to Ichi-gun camp as soon as he is ready. Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone and third round draft pick Hayato Takagi could start out at Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2015
  • The Giants are planning to announce their spring camp assignments on the 19th. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • There is a chance Hideki Matsui will be unable to visit spring camp this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • Owner Kojiro Shiraishi sees Yoshinobu Takahashi (39) as a future managerial candidate. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (inflammation, left sternoclavicular joint) resumed throwing on Friday. He threw into a net and played catch at a distance of about ten meters. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki could get a look as a starter. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada threw twenty-seven pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session of the year. He dropped about five kilograms since fall camp. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015, Sponichi 1/16/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to announce their spring camp assignments after a coach meeting on the 23rd. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • Team official Eiichi Takano returned from his trip to Cuba on Thursday. He did not find any suitable talent for this season. The Tigers will continue checking players in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to wear a yellow alternate uniform during their Uru-Tora-no Natsu event in late-July. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida threw twenty-seven pitches, fastballs and five change-ups, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. The pitching coaches were impressed with both pitches. There is a good chance Iida will be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015
  • Hiroki Kuroda on why he decided to return to Japan: "I will be turning forty in February and I'm not sure how many years I have left. I think I might get a better feel for the importance of each pitch by playing for the Carp. ... There is importance in America as well, but I think I don't have a lot of pitches left in me and I felt I might feel more satisfication in pitching [for the Carp]. ... I didn't really set a limit. I'll be okay if the last mound I throw off of [is in Japan]. I don't want to feel any regrets about not pitching in Japan after ending my career." Kuroda said the energy/feeling he got from Carp fans and others involved also played a big role in his decision. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons players association officials, Yohei Oshima, Masato Matsui, Naomichi Donoue, and Yusuke Matsui, and team staff visited Inuyama Naritasan Temple on Friday to pray for a successful season. Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2015
  • The entire 2014 draft class (excluding Ikusei players) could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp, assuming the training coaches or trainers find no reason to start them at Ni-gun. The Dragons selected the players from higher ranks (college and up) because they were looking for immediate help. Head coach Shigekazu Mori told reporters on Friday that Motonobu Tanishige wants a chance to see the players early on during camp to get a better feel for what they might be able to bring to the table. Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2015, Sponichi 1/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

[1/15/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.16, 2015 @ 2:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ryoji Aikawa returned from Saipan on Thursday. He was originally scheduled to arrive on Wednesday night, but there were problems with his flight. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015
  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto could make his "debut" during an intra-squad game on February 11 or 12. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015
  • Ikusei second round draft pick Takuya Kawai ran 3,280 meters during Wednesday's Yo-Yo Endurance Test (twenty meter distance, eighty-two round trips). Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015
  • The Ichi-gun coaching staff met at Giants Stadium on Wednesday to discuss spring camp assignments. The entire 2014 draft class will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015 ... The Giants held a staff meeting in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss plans for the 2015 season and the spring camp schedule. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya is planning to toss a bullpen session some time after the 17th. He ran Monday's 3,000-meter in 14:06 and finished in last place.
  • Shintaro Fujinami interview by ZakZak. You mentioned on TV that you wanted to try [playing in the Majors] when you got to that level. What did you mean? "[I'd like to try] when I become a pitcher that can represent the league and the NPB. There isn't a certain number or standard. I want to be someone everyone recognizes. Like Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Kenta Maeda, and Chihiro Kaneko. I want to get to that kind of overpowering level [before I go]." Anyone that becomes overpowering will want to try [the Majors]. "And that's it. Even Darvish said he didn't have to go. This might come out wrong, but players that no longer feel challenged by Japanese yakyu should go. I think it's natural to want to do more." Source: ZakZak 1/15/2015 ... Fujinami added three kilograms since the end of last season and is hoping to add one or two more. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Fumiya Hojo will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Yutaka Wada sees Hojo as a possible back-up to Takashi Toritani. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • General training camp began on Thursday. Thirty-one players, including nine members of the 2014 draft class, worked out at the Ono facilities. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • Allen Kuri threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday. It was his fifth session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • General training camp at Nagoya Stadium started on Thursday. Workouts will run through to the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The 2014 draft class visited DeNA headquaters in the Hikarie building in Shibuya on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2015, Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • Shun Tono has tossed two bullpen sessions so far this year (his first session came on the 10th). He has been working non-stop since January 3. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015
  • The Bay Stars have yet to make an official announcement about Yulieski Gourriel because they have not been able to finalize their contract with him. The regular season has already started in Cuba and the focus is on that. There is a chance Gourriel might not make it to Japan until May. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Former Bay Star Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still waiting for an offer from an NPB team. He could set February as his deadline to sign a deal. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015
  • Senryokugai Kosuke Tomita (26) signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015, Sponichi 1/15/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryo Akiyoshi managed to gain eight kilograms since the end of last season. Source: Sanspo 1/15/2015

[1/14/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.15, 2015 @ 3:17 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami worked out with Kenta Maeda in Tokyo on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2015, Daily Sports 1/14/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh has been resting one day for every three days of workouts since he arrived in Guam on December 27. He has been spending about two hours on weights a day. He has managed to increase his weight by four kilograms to ninety-seven since the end of last season. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2015 ... Oh will be in Guam until the 24th. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2015 ... The Tigers could begin preliminary negotiations with Oh for the 2016 season some time after the All-Star break. Oh does consider Hanshin an option past the 2015 season. The Tigers feel one of three things could happen: re-sign with Hanshin, sign with another NPB team, return to Korea. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2015, Sanspo 1/14/2015
  • Matt Murton, Mauro Gomez, Randy Messenger, and Oh should be able to make the start of spring camp. They are expected to arrive in late-February. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/14/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda, Shota Nakazaki, Ren Nakata, Daichi Osera, and Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami worked out at the Weider Training Lab in Tokyo on Wednesday. Over eighty members of the media and fourteen TV cameras covered the workouts. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2015
  • Third round draft pick Atsuya Horie's bite force was measured at 1,385.5 Newtons, fifth round draft pick Tatsuki Kuwahara 1303.5 Newtons, and fourth round draft pick Koya Fujii 1,272.6 Newtons. The average bite force for people in their teens is 618 Newtons. Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2015
  • Takahiro Arai performed the Goma-gyo ceremony on Tuesday with teammate Yoshiyuki Ishihara. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/14/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka, Masato Nakazawa, Yuki Shichijo, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Ryo Akiyoshi, and Taichi Ishiyama worked out in Saito, Miyazaki on Wednesday. Nakazawa, Shichijo, Yamamoto, and Ishiyama threw in the bullpen. Shichijo's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl, on December 3, 2014. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2015 ... Nakazawa threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher. Shichijo tossed his fourth session of the year. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2015
  • Shingo Kawabata and Tetsuto Yamada have made a friendly wager: if one of them wins the batting title this year, the other will buy the winner a wristwatch with a price tag of at least one million yen. Jun Matsui, Takahiro Araki, Yuhei Nakamura, Ryuhei Kawakami, Nariaki Kawasaki, Ryota Yachi, Yasushi Iihara, Yamada, and Kawabata worked out in Matsuyama, Ehime on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 1/14/2015 ... Yomiuri's Takayuki Terauchi and Susumu Orui were also a part of the group. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2015
  • The Swallows dormitory in Toda, Saitama: basement - locker rooms, common room; first floor - indoor training facility, training room; second floor - rooms for the trainers; third floor to fifth floor - dormitory rooms. Curfew at 10:00pm during the season, 12:00am the day before off-days. Fines are handed out to players that are caught breaking curfew. Players spend the night outside of the dorms about once a month, and generally the day before an off-day. Players pay several tens of thousands of yen for room and board. Amounts are adjusted based on salary and are taken out of salaries. Players are allowed to apply for driver licenses, but are not allowed to drive until: for university and Industrial League players, their first year, but only after the end of the Nippon Series; or for high school, when they turn twenty-one. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2015

[1/13/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.14, 2015 @ 2:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kentaro Kuwahara threw about thirty pitches to a standing catcher at the Naruohama facilities on Monday. It was his first bullpen session of the year. Source: Sanspo 1/13/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takahiro Arai will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. However, Koichi Ogata has not yet decided whether or not to take him to Okinawa camp that begins on February 18. Ogata does not want Arai working himself too hard before the start of the season and does not expect him to do the same amount of training as the younger players on the team. He would like the veteran to pace himself and focus on things like fielding and footwork. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015, Sponichi 1/13/2015 ... Arai participated in a Goma-gyo ceremony on Tuesday (the eleventh of his career). Source: Sponichi 1/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2015
  • Pitching coach Tatsumi Une was impressed with the change-up sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida threw while playing catch on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Tatsuro Hamada is interested in playing in the Majors at some point in the future. He would like to get there by winning at least ten games in four consecutive seasons. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Daisuke Miura and Kazuki Mishima have been climbing Hakusan (elevation 288 meters) in Atsugi, Kanagawa as part of their warm-up routine. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015 ... Shinano's (BC League) Hajime Isaka joined the two on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 1/13/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama does not want to gain a lot of weight during the off-season due to the strain it places on his legs. He is trying to get by on just one meal a day (no breakfast or lunch). He has only gained about one kilogram. Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2015 ... Hatakeyama currently weighs 104 kilograms and would like to lose one kilogram before the start of spring camp. Source: Sanpso 1/13/2015

[1/12/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.13, 2015 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura is planning to toss bullpen sessions on consecutive days at some point before the start of spring camp to prepare for his new role out of the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Uehara was a guest at a screening for Vancouver-no Asahi on Sunday. An actor from the film, Satoshi Tsumabuki, was at the event and asked Uehara a series of questions. "Do you want to spend the rest of your career in the Majors?" So long as I'm wanted. "Will you return to Japan to play?" I might consider it if there is no interest [in the United States]. "Actors are often asked if they want to become directors. I don't think that's possible for me, but have you ever thought about managing?" I would like to manage high school or college ball, but I never thought at the professional level. I want to manage at the amateur level. When reporters later approached Uehara and asked if he would play for the Giants if/when he returned, he replied, "That's kind of hard to say..." Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama is working out with Yomiuri's Ryota Katsuki, Yokohama's Tateki Abe, Orix's Yoshihisa Hirano, Mamoru Kishida, and Motoki Higa, and Seibu's Tatsushi Masuda at the NTT Nishi Nihon facilities in Kyoto. Their workouts will run through to about the 20th. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Yamato told reporters on Sunday that Yutaka Wada called him and told him over the phone that he was going to be used in center this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Mauro Gomez should make the start of spring camp this year. He is slated to arrive in Japan in late-January. Gomez was given permission to start spring camp on February 6 because his wife's pregnancy. He ended up arriving in Japan on February 10 because of complications with his newborn daughter. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Shinobu Fukuhara and Minoru Iwata signed advisory contracts with Rawlings. Source: official announcement
  • Mondays's 3,000-meter run: second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki - 11:35; fifth round draft pick Kai Ueda - 12:50; third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi - 13:24; first round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama - 13:46; fifth round draft pick Koki Moriya - 14:06. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka should be okay to attend Ichi-gun spring camp. There is no need to rush him, but his rehab is going well and he should be able to handle the workout routine, though there might be some adjustments. He could play in scrimmages or rehab games some time in late-February. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Nishioka could play in a practice game against Orix on February 28. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma likes to take a lot of soft-toss batting practice using various grips and swings during the pre-season. When he played college ball, he some times hit 2,000 baseballs a day. He hit 145 baseballs after general workouts on Sunday. Noma is planning to spend most of his batting practice time before spring camp with soft-toss because he believes it helps him build a strong foundation for the rest of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015, Daily Sports 1/12/2015
  • Sixth round draft pick Tetsuya Iida could toss a bullpen session on the 15th. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Kawai has been training in Guam with Softbank's Kenichi Nakata and Lotte's Kento Yachi since the 9th. They are slated to return on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki tossed twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday. He threw at about seventy percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015 ... Yamasaki used to throw close to 200 pitches in the bullpen on January 6 when he played college ball. Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Second round draft pick Ren Kazahari took things a little easy during practices on Monday because of general tightness in his right leg. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2015
  • The 2014 draft class ran three 1,000-meter races, with five minutes of rest in between, during workouts on Sunday. Fifth round draft pick Yusaku Nakamoto recorded the best times in all three races: 3:30, 3:24, and 3:18. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015, Sanspo 1/12/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato left for Okinawa out of Haneda Airport on Sunday. He is planning to toss bullpen sessions on one day of rest during his workouts before the start of spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2015 ... Yoshinori will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/12/2015
  • The two through four slots in the batting order could go Shingo Kawabata, Wladimir Balentien, and Yuhei Takai. Keiji Obiki could bat sixth or seventh. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2015

[1/11/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.12, 2015 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto ran the three kilometer on Saturday in twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds, good for fourth out of eight players. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami might not have a chance to toss a bullpen session before the start of spring camp once he begins workouts with Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda because the training facilities he will be using has no bullpen. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015
  • Yutaka Wada would like to try giving Takashi Toritani another chance to bat lead-off this season. He tried it last season, but had to drop him to third when Tsuyoshi Nishioka got hurt. Kosuke Fukudome could bat third. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015, Sponichi 1/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2015
  • Nishioka will be competing with Hiroki Uemoto for the everyday job at second. Source: Sanspo 1/11/2015 ... Ryota Arai and Ryota Imanari will be competing for the job at third. The player that loses out at second could join the mix at third. Soure: ZakZak 1/11/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka is planning to assign the 2014 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp because he is worried about them working too hard. Players that appear ready for Ichi-gun spring camp could be called up some time around February 16. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/11/2015