...Yoshitomo Tsutsugo checked into his dorm in January with about 20 bats. In the end, it seems none of them suited him as he told reporters on Monday that he will be using the bat that Shuichi Murata gave him. Said Tsutsugo, "I tried a number of different [bats] but thought Murata's was the best. It was the one that gave me the best feeling when I hit the ball."
Tsutsugo will attend the rookie seminar on Tuesday and be with the team for Wednesday's exhibition game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.
...Naoyuki Shimizu will be making an appearance against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Chiba Marine Stadium on Wednesday. He jokingly told reporters that he didn't want to step into the wrong dugout by accident. Shimizu also said that he plans on testing his shuto during his outing.