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Rakuten Eagles 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

Today

  • Andruw Jones: forty-four swings, nine over the fence

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2013

Tuesday

  • Ryo Hijirisawa: batting practice, thirty-five swings, fifteen could-be hits

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2013

Today

  • 2nd round draft pick Takahiro Norimoto: batting practice, forty-three pitches, eight could-be hits; or according to Daily Sports: he faced Toshihito Abe and Hiroaki Shimauchi, forty-six pitches (twenty-one pitches and one could-be hit to Shimauchi)

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

Tuesday

  • Kazuya Takahori: batting practices, faced Andruw Jones (twenty-five pitches, thirteen balls) and Casey McGehee (twenty-three pitches, eight balls)

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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The Eagles were not allowed to leave the team hotel until 6:30pm today because of tsunami warnings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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Ryo Hijirisawa ran a thirty meter in 4.08 seconds on Tuesday.  Hijirisawa wants to get that under four seconds (his best time is 3.95 seconds).

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka has tossed 202 pitches over his first four bullpen sessions.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

The Texas Rangers have reportedly been checking on Tanaka during spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2013

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Shintaro Masuda was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he hurt his right knee late in the season last year.  Masuda does not have any problems swinging the bat, but is still a little worried about running the bases.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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Yoshinao Kamata could get a shot at the opening day start, depending on how things go with Masahiro Tanaka during the World Baseball Classic.

Kamata has been working on his curve this winter (has more vertical movement).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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Injury updates: Masuda (RAK), Falkenborg (SOF) [9/7/2012]

by on Sep.07, 2012 @ 5:41 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Brian Falkenborg was taken off the active roster today with pain in his neck.

Said pitching coach Ikuo Takayama, "[Falkenborg] was in no shape to compete at Ichi-gun so we removed him [from the active roster].  When I asked if he could pitch, he said pushing himself would hurt him."

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2012

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced that Shintaro Masuda was diagnosed with an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.  Masuda suffered the injury while running the bases during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Wednesday.  He got an MRI at a hospital in Sendai on Thursday and was taken off the active roster.

The team trainer told reporters today that it will be about a month before he can resume playing again.  A return before the end of the season might be difficult.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2012

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Rakuten Eagles: March 22, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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Shintaro Masuda knocked out a three-run homer against the Ni-gun Chiba Lotte Marines on Thursday.  Masuda was promoted to Ichi-gun on March 16 and demoted on March 20 for more work at Ni-gun.

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Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato told reporters that the team will probably add Jim Heuser to the 70-man roster because they will most likely need another left-handed option out of the bullpen.

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The Eagles announced on Thursday that actress Hikaru Asami will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on April 5.

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