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.