...Soichiro Amaya went 2-for-3 in a simulated game on Friday. He's also working on making some changes to the way he hits, including the bat he uses. He ordered some new bats on the 17th that are heavier (the tops of the bat aren't carves out) and made out of Japanese Ash (moving away from maple). Amaya is also trying to swing the bat using his lower body more.
...Takeru Imamura played some catch on Thursday, the first time he's thrown the ball since the 10th. Still no word on when he'll be throwing a bullpen -- it will likely depend on how his arm is feeling over the next day or so. During fielding practice, he handled 168 grounders (200 according to Chugoku Shimbun) over a span of 37 minutes.
...Kenta Maeda held a bullpen session on Thursday and threw 55 pitches. More than 10 of the 55 pitches he threw were curves.
...Carlo Alvarado threw 141 pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. Alvarado told reporters that he threw a lot of pitches in order to improve his stamina and his chances at throwing long innings. He added that he didn't feel very tired after throwing 141 pitches. Alvarado is hoping to win a spot in the starting rotation.
...Kenjiro Nomura and Amaya filed their taxes on Friday using the e-Tax system.