Yakult’s coach, Takatsu Stogo, appeared by phone in the “Nippon Broadcasting Show Up Night Special: A Message to the Opening of Tokyo Yakult Swallows”, which aired on 23rd, and talked about the current use of draft rookie Kyonobu Okukawa.
Coach Takatsu said of Okukawa, “When various conditions are in place, I want to make sure that i want to start the first pitch in one army. I can’t say when this will take shape, but I’ve been able to show him a few bullpen pitches, and I’m throwing more balls than I can imagine.”
“I was surprised that the 18-year-old would throw the ball like this, so I really want the fans to watch it on the ground and on tv on the ground.”
(Nippon Broadcasting Show Up Night)