[9/30/2016] Yuki Yanagita can still make it back in time for First Stage

Yuki Yanagita (right ring finger) worked out at the Chikugo facilities on September 29. He played catch at distances of up to fifty meters. He told reporters he had no issues throwing the ball but was still having trouble swinging the bat. He is expected to start taking live batting practice soon. His goal right now is to prepare for the Phoenix League that begins on October 3. Whether he gets called up for the First Stage of the Climax Series will depend on how many Phoenix League games he can play.

Source: Sponichi 9/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 10:23pm]

Yanagita took batting practice against a pitching machine on September 30 for the first time since he got hurt. He took forty-six swings.

Yanagita started taking live batting practice today. He took forty-one swings and hit two over the fence (toward right). He felt good swinging the bat and felt no pain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2016, Daily Sports 10/1/2016

[UPDATE 10/3 @ 2:03pm]

Yanagita will play in three Phoenix League games, beginning on October 3. Assuming no problems, he will then head to Fukuoka and join Ichi-gun practices on October 6.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2016

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