...Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Michito Miyazaki, and Hayato Aoki each threw 30 pitches during a simulated game on Monday. Of the 30 Nagakawa threw, half were apparently cutters.
...Yoshikazu Kura hit a home run off Miyazaki during a simulated game on Monday. Kura did not hit a single home run last season in 106 plate appearances.
...Kan Ohtake threw 270 pitches (including his curve, slider, change, shut, and fork) during a bullpen session on Monday, the most he's thrown in his career. He told reporters that he wanted to see how his shoulder felt after throwing 200 pitches.
...Mike Schultz joined the team on Tuesday. He arrived in Japan a little behind schedule in order to be around for the birth of his third child in late January. Kenjiro Nomura and head coach / pitching coach Yutaka Ohno decided on Tuesday that they would see what type of condition Schultz is in and then decide how to use him during the regular season.
Schultz did tell reporters that he'd do whatever was necessary (start or relieve) in order to help the team. If he were to start, Schultz said that he would aim for 10 or more wins.
While in the US, Schultz did spend time playing catch, lifting weights, and running at his alma matter Loyola Marymount University. He also apparently held 6 bullpen sessions.
...NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato visited Hiroshima camp on Monday. He told reporters that the 2010 Carp reminded him of the Oakland A's because of how they're constructed (a cheap team focused around young players).