Pitcher Aki Sasaki of professional baseball Lotte entered the bullpen for the first time at a camp held in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, and threw 49 balls using the official ball of the WBC = World Baseball Classic.
After practice, manager Rihito Yoshii revealed that there is a possibility that pitcher Sasaki will pitch in the practice game on the 14th or 15th of this month.
Eleven professional baseball teams, excluding Seibu, have entered training camps since February 1, and the players have started preparations for the opening of the season at the end of March.
Lotte's pitcher Sasaki, who was the youngest player to complete a perfect game last season, entered the bullpen for the first time in this camp in the morning on the 2nd.
Regarding pitcher Sasaki, who has been selected as a member of the Japanese national team for the WBC in March, Lotte manager Rihito Yoshii, who is a pitching coach for the national team, said that by the 17th of this month, the Japan national team's training camp will begin, "In the game. I want you to adjust so that you can throw 20 to 30 balls.”
In the bullpen, pitcher Sasaki practiced pitching using the WBC's official ball, and while checking the speed and amount of change on a tablet device, he threw 49 pitches, including straights and curve balls that were given as assignments.
Pitcher Aki Sasaki said, "I feel like I can handle it well, and I think the breaking ball is a passing score. I want to prepare well by throwing as many pitches as possible so that I can throw in practice as soon as I join the national team." was
Coach Yoshii said after practice, ``I think we are adjusting well.
Then, while watching the condition of pitcher Sasaki, it was revealed that there is a possibility that he will pitch in the practice game on the 14th or 15th of this month.