...Akinobu Okada will be pushing pitchers harder during Spring camp in an attempt to move them away from Hideo Nomor's MLB teachings of saving the shoulder.
Said Okada, "1,000 - 1,500 pitchers for Spring camp isn't enough. Kubota on the Tigers throws 3,000."
...Teppei started practicing on Monday after taking a day off for rest.
Said Teppei, "If I have nothing better to do, I will come and practice."
...The Swallows are trying to get Yoshinori Sato to become a switch-hitter.
"Right now when he bats left-handed, whenever he swings and missed, he puts a lot of stress on his right shoulder. And if it's a left-handed pitcher on the mound there's a chance his right shoulder can be hit by a pitch," said pitching coach Tomohito Ito.
So it appears to be boiling down this: the team wants Sato to learn how to hit from both sides of the plate so that he can protect his right shoulder a little better.