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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: February 6, 2013

by on Feb.06, 2013 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Tuesday

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka: fifty-four swings, thirty-three could-be hits, first eleven swings were with a training bat
  • Shinta Hifumi: vs Hiroya Shimamoto, sixteen swings, five could-be hits, one over the fence
  • Kosuke Fukudome: fifty-three swings, one over the fence
  • Brooks Conrad: vs Tatsuya Kojima, batting right-handed, fifteen swings, four could-be hits, one over the fence
  • 2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo: sixteen swings, two could-be hits

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013, Sanspo 2/6/2013, Sanspo 2/6/2013, Sanspo 2/6/2013, Sanspo 2/6/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami: bullpen, fifty pitches, fourth session during spring camp
  • Atsushi Nomi: situational batting practice, ten batters, one could-be hit = a ball over the fence to Ryota Arai, topped out at 142km/h
  • Daiki Enokida: batting practice, faced Shinji Komiyama and Takashi Shimizu, thirty-eight pitches, four could-be hits
  • Matt DeSalvo (tryout): situational batting practice, five batters, eighteen pitches, allowed one hit, topped out at 143km/h

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013, Sanspo 2/6/2013Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013, Daily Sports 2/6/2013, Daily Sports 2/6/2013

Tuesday

  • Yasutomo Kubo: bullpen, seventy-two pitches, Kosuke Fukudome stood in the batter's box partway through
  • Tatsuya Kojima: batting practice, faced Matt Murton and Brooks Conrad, fifty-three pitches, seven could-be hits, one over the fence
  • Naoto Tsuru: batting practice, faced Hiroki Uemoto (thirty-one pitches, three could-be hits) and Haruki Kurose (twenty pitches, four could-be hits)

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013, Sanspo 2/6/2013Daily Sports 2/6/2013

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Atsushi Nomi is scheduled to pitch two innings in a practice game against LG (KBO) on the 11th.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

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Yutaka Wada would like to use Takahiro Arai as a clean-up hitter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

Arai swung the bat 405 times during a fifty-five minute session with chief batting coach Jitsuo Mizutani on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

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There is a chance Kazuya Tsutsui could end up missing the start of the season because of left shoulder problems.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

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Shinta Hifumi gained five kilograms over the winter.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

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The Tigers were impressed with 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami's pick-off move and throw to second during workouts on Tuesday (he successfully made all five practice pick-off throws to second).  He had to be told to ease up on his throws to second.

Takashi Toritani and Tsuyoshi Nishioka were the two players covering the bag.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013, Sanspo 2/6/2013, Daily Sports 2/6/2013, Sponichi 2/6/2013

Fujinami signed about 250 autographs after practices today.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

The team trainer apparently wanted some time with Fujinami on Tuesday and stopped his workouts with about five minutes left remaining.

Source: Daily Sports 2/6/2013

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Orix advance scout Naoki Sogabe was impressed by 4th round draft pick Shinya Azuhata's arm.

"I timed Azuhata at around 1.8 seconds.  He bounced the ball, but that is fast even for that.  I hear he is as fast as 1.7 second.  If it takes 1.2 seconds until he catches the ball, then that is 2.9 seconds in all.  You can not run on that!"

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

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The Tigers purchased a large infield cover from Covermaster (about three million yen) for use at Ginoza camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2013

Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: February 4, 2013

by on Feb.04, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Sunday

  • Kosuke Fukudome: fifty-seven swings, six over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/4/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami: bullpen, fifty pitches, standing catcher, only fastballs
  • Ryoma Matsuda: BP, faced Matt Murton and Brooks Conrad
  • Matt DeSalvo: tryout bullpen, forty-two pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/4/2013, Sponichi 2/4/2013, Sponichi 2/4/2013

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Takashi Toritani took extra fielding practice at second base today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2013

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Matt DeSalvo tossed a bullpen session in front of the coaches today.  He is scheduled to pitch situational batting practice on the 6th.

Source: Sanspo 2/4/2013

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Atsushi Nomi threw 269 pitches over the first three days of spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2013

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Kazuya Tsutsui was diagnosed with periarthritis in his left shoulder.  The coaches decided to send him down to Ni-gun camp today because he was not showing any signs of improvement after being shut down for a couple of days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2013

Hanshin Tigers: March 24, 2012

by on Mar.24, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Saturday

  • Yasutomo Kubo threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)

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Yasutomo Kubo (returning from the flu) joined the Ni-gun team for workouts at Naruohama today.

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Like Alex Ramirez (YOK), Matt Murton might be able to start the season off the bench as a pinch-hitter. One team official also told reporters that Murton had recovered to the point where if this were the middle of the season, he would be playing.

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With Kubo recovering from the flu, the Tigers may turn to Hiroyuki Kobayashi to temporarily pick up some of the slack in the starting rotation.

Kobayashi is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Naruohama on Sunday.

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Kazuya Tsutsui (returning from the flu) worked out with the Ni-gun team at Koshien on Friday.  He also managed to throw in the bullpen.

Hanshin Tigers: February 6, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 3:30 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Sunday

  • Craig Brazell took fifty-one swings and hit twelve over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Takahiro Arai took 110 swings during lunchtime BP and hit none over the fence.  He also took forty-five swings during regular BP and hit one over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Takashi Toritani took two rounds of BP: 106 swings and thirty-one over the fence during lunchtime BP and thirty-eight swings and three over the fence during regular BP. (Sanspo)
  • Masahiro Nakatani hit fourteen over the fence.  He hit a total 100 over the fence during the first block of spring camp. (Nikkan Sports)

Sunday

  • Takumi Akiyama threw seventy-seven pitches. (Sanspo)
  • Kuji Fujikawa threw forty pitches. (Sanspo)

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The team had the day off on Monday.

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6,500 fans were in attendance on Sunday.

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Four members of the 2011 draft class rode Tosa Kuroshio Railway's Tigers Train to Michi-no Ekiyasu on their day off on Monday.

1st round draft pick Hayata Ito and 4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito checked out the dolphins near the Renaissance Okinawa Resort on their day off on Monday.

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Tatsuro Hirooka arrived at the player hotel on Monday and will act as a special instructor for a few days beginning on Tuesday.

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Kazuya Tsutsui faced Hiroki Uemoto and 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito during batting practice on Sunday and allowed six could-be hits on fifty-four pitches.

Tomoyuki Kubota threw twenty-nine pitches to Masahiro Nakatani and allowed six could-be hits; he did not allow any could-be hits to Shunsuke on twenty-seven pitches.

Masanori Fujihara faced Issei Morita and Yamoto and allowed ten could-be hits on sixty-two pitches.  Fujihara could pitch in a practice game against Nippon Ham on February 12.

Naoto Tsuru threw twenty-two pitches to Kenichi Tagami and did not allow any hits; he threw forty-five pitches against Ryota Arai and allowed three could-be hits.  Tsuru could pitch in a practice game against Nippon Ham on February 12.

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Yutaka Wada stood in the batter's box Ryo Watanabe on Sunday to see how far along his change-up was coming.

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Kenji Jojima played center and left during batting practice on Sunday.  It was the first time he played the outfield, going back to his days of playing youth baseball.

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Shinta Hifumi took fielding practice at first on Sunday.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito took morning fielding practice (9am) at Kin Stadium on Sunday.  Ito chased down fifty-two baseballs over span of about thirty minutes.

Ito also had some time to watch Tomoaki Kanemoto take batting practice from behind home plate on Sunday (Wada gave him permission).

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Masashi Nohara and Yuhei Kai are both working out at Ni-gun spring camp and are candidates for a call-up to Ichi-gun spring camp.

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Kohei Shibata is still not sure when he be able to start throwing again (left shoulder).  That has not kept him from other workouts like fielding practice in the outfield and base-running practices.

Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 31, 2010

by on Dec.31, 2010 @ 2:38 pm, under NPB
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Kenji Jojima won't be swinging a bat in January (for the entire month), but will instead focus on strengthening his lower body.  Jojima has already placed an order of new bats for the 2011 (same type as this season) but won't be getting them until the start of spring camp (early February).  That was apparently done on purpose to avoid the temptation of swinging a bat.

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Ikkestu Sho has managed to drop his weight from 90kg (at the end of the season) to 85kg (current).  Sho returned to his homeland Taiwan for the first time since turning pro this winter and has been taking advantage of the warmer weather (around 20 degrees C).  He also plans to begin a throwing program in January and will return to Japan on 1/18.

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The Tigers may move Kazuya Tsutsui into the starting rotation next season.  The team apparently wants another lefty in the rotation.

Assuming no injuries, Yasutomo Kubo (RHP), Jason Standridge (RHP), Atsushi Nomi (LHP), and Minoru Iwata (LHP) will likely anchor the first four spots in the rotation.  The remaining two spots will be up for grabs and the Tigers are leaning towards letting Tsutsui compete for one of those spots.  Yuya Ando (RHP), Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (LHP), Takumi Akiyama (RHP), Naoto Tsuru (RHP), and Tatsuya Kojima (LHP) are all expected to compete with Tsutsui.

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The Tigers are considering giving the exhibition game opening day start on 2/26 (vs Orix) to Takumi Akiyama.

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Takahiro Arai closed out his training for the year on Thursday.  Arai appeared to be fully satisfied with the progress he has with his training so far this off-season.  He'll apparently take New Year's Eve off and start back up again on the 1st (with lower body exercises).

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Ni-gun pitching coach Keiichi Yabu is thinking about being a BP pitcher during spring camp next year.  If he does, he won't make it easy for the batters and will instead challenge them.  Yabu is even thinking about taking his turn in the bullpen to keep the youngsters on their toes.  Of course, he'll need to get permission from the team, and he'll only go as far as he can without disrupting his "real" job of coaching.

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And Jeff Williams told Daily Sports that he has no intention of retiring from baseball and plans on pitching in 2011.