=== 4:47pm JST
...The five rookies took part in eel grabbing at Unagi Manraku (うなぎ処 鰻楽) on their day off on Friday. The object of eel grabbing is to not only catch your own eel with your hands, but to also cook it as well.
A blog from entry from Unagi Manraku reveals pictures from the event.
...Shinsuke Ogura threw about 120 pitches during a bullpen session on Thursday. Ogura will likely start one of the four intra-squad games the Hawks have beginning the 14th. The Hawks are looking at Ogura as a possible number 5 pitcher in the rotation.
...Koji Akiyama told reporters that he has no plans of calling Kenta Imamiya up to Ichi-gun camp at this point in time. He did leave the door open by saying he could be called up if the Ni-gun coaches feel he's ready.
...Sadaharu Oh checked out Group B training camp on Thursday.
...Shingo Tatsumi threw 125 pitches in his bullpen session on Thursday. After the session, the coaches pulled him off to the indoor training facilities for a private meeting that lasted about 35 minutes.
It seems Tatsumi received throwing advice (specifically how he transfers his weight during his delivery) from the coaches that could help him put a little more power behind his pitches.
...Shunya Suzuki returned to practice on Thursday after he felt some pain in his right elbow after practice on Tuesday. His exam at the hospital revealed some inflammation in his right elbow. He will not be throwing a ball for at least a week.
...Nobuhiko Matsunaka's first session ended without any major problems. On Thursday, Matsunaka spent 20 minutes in the morning running without any breaks. He also took about 110 swings during batting practice (soft toss, longer soft toss, and hitting balls off a tee) and played some catch at a distance of about 40m.
...Takahiro Mahara threw 72 pitches during his bullpen session on Thursday. He told reporters that he felt about as great as he's ever felt in his career.
...Nikkan Sports is reporting that D.J. Houlton threw 36 pitches during his bullpen session on Thursday -- 14 with the catcher standings and 21 with the catchers squatting.
=== 2/5/2010 11:25am JST
...Bum-Ho Lee is apparently a little down about having to play first base. And it seems he won't be answering any questions regarding this topic anytime soon.
...The first three pitchers to start the regular season will likely be Toshiya Sugiuchi, Kenji Ohtonari, and D.J. Houlton.
Houlton held a bullpen session on Thursday and threw 40 pitches (including his change and curve). He will likely throw another bullpen session on the 7th. Ohtonari threw 68 pitches during his.
...Sadaharu Oh thinks Kenta Imamiya has a bright future ahead of him.