[5/23/2016] Taiki Mitsumata could take on emergency back-up catcher role

Taiki Mitsumata borrowed Iori Katsura’s equipment and worked out as a catcher during practices earlier today. He first played some catch with the gear on, and then set up behind the plate during batting practice. He showed a strong arm with some throws to second. He is slated to get some playing time at catcher during Ni-gun games this week.

Mitsumata is not completely without catching experience — he caught a few practice games when he was in high school.

Takuma Kato was taken off the active roster today to make room for Shinnosuke Ogasawara. Kato was the third catcher. The Dragons are hoping Mitsumata will be able to take on the role as emergency back-up catcher.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2016

Leave a Reply

NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 90 57 31 2
Yokohama 89 46 40 3
Hanshin 86 46 40 0
Yomiuri 89 41 47 1
Chunichi 91 39 49 3
Yakult 89 30 57 2
G W L T
Rakuten 81 55 25 1
Softbank 89 58 31 0
Seibu 86 47 37 2
Orix 86 38 47 1
Nippon Ham 89 32 57 0
Lotte 87 29 57 1
Don't forget to check these out!