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[7/29/2013] Mike Schultz, Steve Hammond senryokugai-ed by Orix

by on Jul.29, 2013 @ 2:58 pm, under NPB
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The Buffaloes announced today that they senryokugai-ed (designated for assignment/released) Mike Schultz (33) and Steve Hammond (31).

"We signed Schultz with the hopes that he could go back to his Hiroshima days of throwing fastballs over 150km/h.  He did a lot of running and throwing.  He just never got it back to that point during practices or games.  Hammond did not make it up to the level we felt we needed him to be at to make the starting rotation," said team official Yoshio Murayama.

Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/29/2013, official announcement

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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 22, 2013

by on Feb.22, 2013 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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The Buffaloes closed out Miyakoji spring camp today.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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The Buffaloes announced today that Mike Schultz passed his tryout with the team.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Yuki Nishi is scheduled to start an exhibition game against Yokohama on the 23rd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2013

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Shun Tono threw 1,870 pitches during spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Mitsutaka Goto has spent time at second, third, and short during the spring.  So far, Hiroshi Moriwaki likes Goto at short.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Orix Buffaloes formally part ways with Alfredo Figaro, to give Mike Schultz a tryout

by on Jan.28, 2013 @ 5:56 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they officially parted ways with Alfredo Figaro.

They also announced that they will give former Hiroshima Carp Mike Schultz (33) a tryout during spring camp.

Source: official announcement (Figaro), official announcement (Schultz)

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Hiroshima Carp to part ways with Giancarlo Alvarado and Mike Schultz

by on Nov.06, 2011 @ 3:38 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, Giancarlo Alvarado and Mike Schultz won't be returning to the Hiroshima Carp next year.

Sports Hochi explains it a bit more and says that the Carp held a club option on Alvarado for the 2012 season that included a guaranteed salary (more than the 62.5M yen he made this year) that was a little more than they were willing to pay.  On top of that, the team is also planning on signing another foreign pitcher and already have Bryan Bullington and Dennis Sarfate.  In the end, both Alvarado and Schultz became expendable.

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Hiroshima Carp: Mike Schultz likely won’t return next season

by on Oct.02, 2011 @ 12:07 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced on Saturday that Mike Schultz will be returning to the US on Monday (10/3).  It also seems that at this point, Schultz won't be returning to the club next season because he probably won't have any opportunities to pitch (in other words, they've more of less written him out of their plans for the 2012 season).

Career Stats

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2008 HIR 55 3 4 0 0 0 222 53.0 47 1 20 0 43 2 0 20 19 3.23 1.26
2009 HIR 73 5 3 1 0 0 298 75.0 57 0 22 0 72 2 0 19 19 2.28 1.05
2010 HIR 11 0 1 7 0 0 43 10.1 10 0 2 0 8 1 0 5 4 3.48 1.16
2011 HIR 19 0 0 0 0 0 82 17.0 22 1 11 1 7 1 0 7 2 1.06 1.94
Totals 158 8 8 8 0 0 645 155.1 136 2 55 1 130 6 0 51 44 2.55 1.23
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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 24, 2011

by on Feb.24, 2011 @ 5:40 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/24 @ 11:38pm

Bryan Bullington threw around 50 pitches in the bullpen today.

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Fukui threw 40 pitches in the bullpen today.  He also threw his fork for the first time this spring.  Fukui isn't expected to pitch in any exhibition games until March.

===== 2/24 @ 5:40pm

Mike Schultz faced Yuichiro Mukae and Yoshihiro Maru during BP today and threw 35 pitches while allowing 3 could-be hits.

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Soichiro Amaya told reporters that he's working on keeping his swing level, something he picked up when he had a chance to work out with Norichika Aoki for one day during the off-season (in January).

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Nikkan Sports is carrying an interview with Yuya Fukui (1st round).  I'll try to translate it later, if I have the time.

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Sports memorabilia collector and appraiser Shigeo Maeno thinks the glove Kenta Maeda used last season is worth about 800,000 yen.  Maeno once placed a price tag of 750,000 yen for a Roger Clemens NY Yankees uniform.

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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 6, 2011

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 12:55 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/7 @ 12:33am

Takeru Imamura threw 64 pitches in the bullpen today and is scheduled to toss BP tomorrow (2/7).

===== 2/6 @ 9:3pm

Kan Otake threw a total 30 pitches in the bullpen today (standing catcher, with the last 10 pitches being thrown the hardest).  For Otaka, it was his first session in about 4 months.

Said Otake, "I guess I felt alright.  The question is whether or not I was able to use my body and shoulder on the incline.  And I think I did ok in that regard, so that was good.  I had fun.  My pitches were better than I was expecting."

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Chad Tracy faced Hirofumi Ueno during BP today and took 13 swings and hit one over the fence.

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Takahiro Iwamoto took 15 swings during BP today and collected 7 could-be hits, 2 of which went over the fence.

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Yuya Fukui (1st round) cut his practice session short yesterday due to stiffness in his left hamstring.

Said Fukui to reporters yesterday, "I've pulled my hamstring a number of times in the past and it's in that same area, so I want to be careful.  I think I'll be able to practice as usual tomorrow."

The bullpen session he had scheduled for today was canceled.  And for workouts today, he started things off by warming up with the entire team, but spent the rest of his day with Mike Schultz (light running, played catch).

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Kazuhiro Sasaki saw Kenta Maeda's bullpen session yesterday and made the following comment to reporters:

Even though he wasn't throwing the ball hard, there were a number of pitches that had a lot of life.  He's completely different.  He's got good balance.  At this time of year every year, there are some pitchers that change their mechanics, but he's already got his mechanics set.  It's amazing.

His balance in general is very good and he uses his arm well.  He doesn't have to throw to have life on his pitches.  Just by watching him doing regular exercises, I can see he's very flexible.

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Kenta Kurihara took soft toss BP with his upper arms tied down to his body with rubber tubes.  It apparently helps batters make better use of their lower arms and wrists.

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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 4, 2011

by on Feb.04, 2011 @ 4:17 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Carp have the day off today.

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Fukui went out to dinner with K. Maeda and a number of other players Thursday night (they went out to eat steak).  Seems K. Maeda also popped the question about when Fukui planned on tossing his first bullpen session.

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Mike Schultz arrived in Okinawa today and told reporters he'll be joining the team for practice tomorrow.  While Schultz is pretty much back to normal (he went down with the flu for a few days), he's still having some stomach problems.

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Iwami told reporters today that he plans on doing a lot of throwing moving forward because he was the type that needed the extra work and that if he went too many days without pitching, he'd lose the feel for it.

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The Ichi-gun camp is scheduled to move to Miyazaki after practice on the 13th, but may delay their move until the 18th (at the latest) if volcanic activity increases.  The Carp are now checking to see if it's a possible option.  And while they  have received the green light from their hotel, there is a problem with the stadium -- the team can only use the stadium through to the 15th because university baseball teams have already reserved time slots after that.  Since there aren't too many other options, the Carp may have to considered joint camps with another team, if they can get their permission.

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Rookies Yuya Fukui (1st round), Kyohei Nakamura (2nd round), and Yuki Iwami (3rd round) visited Murasaki Mura today. ...They ended up taking a course on a traditional form of folk dance called Eisa.

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Kenjiro Nomura and chief pitching coach Yutaka Ono both spoke to Fukui yesterday about his throwing schedule moving forward (Fukui didn't toss a bullpen session during the first block of camp).

Said Fukui after practice, "The two top guys asked, and [Kiyoshi] Toyoda said to me, 'You're amazing man.'  That got me a little nervous. ... [But] the fact is, my body doesn't feel ready yet.  If I head to the bullpen and feel I'm not ready, then there's no point in throwing... ... I want to avoid having a bad start like in college. ... My shoulder is fine, but I don't want to rush myself and get hurt."

Rookies' Nakamura, Iwami, and Masaya Kanemaru (4th round) have thrown bullpen sessions during each of the three days of the first block of spring camp.  The only pitchers that apparently haven't tossed bullpen sessions yet: veteran Ryuji Yokoyama, Kan Otake (right shoulder concerns), and Kenta Maeda.

"That might be his way of preparing," said Ono, "but there's a difference between the pro level and the amateur level.  [If he doesn't hurry up] Okinawa camp will end. ... But, it's pretty amazing that he can stay this calm in a situation like this.

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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 3, 2011

by on Feb.03, 2011 @ 10:40 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 2/4 @ 2:10am

Dennis Sarfate threw 40 pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today.  Yoshikazu Kura caught the session and told reporters that Sarfate threw as hard as Colby Lewis, but had more movement.

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The first block of spring camp ended for the Carp todayKenjiro Nomura told reporters he was concerned about players getting injured during the first block due to pushing too hard or being under-prepared and was glad no one got hurt.  The second block of camp will include more game-like practices like situational BP.

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Kiyoshi Toyoda threw 50 pitches in the bullpen today (30 to a standing catcher and 20 to a squatting catcher).  It was second bullpen session in as many days.

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Hiroshima announced today that Mike Schultz will be arriving in Okinawa on the 4th and will join the team for spring camp beginning on the 5th.  Schultz missed the first block of spring camp due to the flu and got the green light from doctors.

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Yuya Fukui (1st round) continues to take it easy -- he still hasn't thrown in the bullpen and is spending most of his time runningFour other rookie pitchers did toss bullpen sessions on Wednesday: Yuki Iwami (3rd round) threw 70 pitches; Masaya Kanemaru (4th round) threw 58 pitches; Yuki Tsurumoto (7th round) threw 60 pitches; and Kyohei Nakamura (2nd round) threw 42 pitches.

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