Chiba Lotte Marines
...Three rookies checked into their rooms at the Marines' player dorms on Friday. Tomohisa Ohtani arrived with his hair shaved down a bit more than usual. Ohtani apparently doesn't like having to worry about bed-head and plans on keeping his head shaved as long as he's actively playing.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...John Clayton Unten was one of the first rookies for the 2009 draft class to check into the Fighters' player dorms in Kamagaya on Friday.
...Rookie mini camp started today and runs through to the 27th. There will be breaks every 5th day. Cycling training will begin on the 14th.
On the menu today was long-distance running (6-7km).
...As the elder in the 2009 draft class, Keiji Nakahara will likely take charge of the group. He told reporters that he isn't really much of a leader, but will do his best to help keep everyone together.
Nakahara will be moving into the old dorm room that used to be occupied by Takahiro Mahara.
...Giants' head coach Haruki Ihara told reporters that he plans on using Hisayoshi Chono as much as possible in 2010.