...Ryoji Nakata returned to the Dragons on Saturday after taking some time away from the team in order to take some required classes at Asia University. His first day of training included a 4km run.
...Akinobu Mayumi dropped by the Naruohama training facilities on Saturday to check out rookie mini camp (it was his second visit).
...The Carp are high on Takeru Imamura and Shota Dobayashi. They are hoping that Imamura will be their future ace while Dobayashi becomes their clean-up hitter.
...Kazuya Takahori got a bit of a late start due to a cold he was trying to get over. He finally got over that cold on the third day of rookie mini camp (1/15).
...Yusei Kikuchi held his second consecutive bullpen session on Saturday and threw 32 pitches. He was afraid he might lose what he gained from yesterday's session.
Yu Darvish was surprised / impressed to hear that Kikuchi held his second bullpen session in as many days.