So Taguchi, together with Hanshin Tiger Takashi Shimizu and Nippon Ham Fighter Naoki Miyanishi, worked out for about 4 hours on Friday at Kwansei University's Nishinomiya baseball field. Taguchi told reporters that he's ready to start playing right away, if needed. He said that one of the things he learned during his time in the Majors was how to prepare so that he'd be ready to play any time.
Ryota Igarashi has been playing catch at distances of about 50 meters. He also plans to hold a bullpen session later this month.