=== 10:01pm JST
...Yusei Kikuchi pitched in a simulated game on Friday. He faced 15 batters and gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 3. Kikuchi threw a total 52 pitches, of which only one went over 140km/h on the radar gun (he hit 143km/h). He told reporters after his outing that he felt much better on the mound.
Kikuchi will be attending his high school's graduation ceremonies on Saturday.
=== 3/5/2010 3:44pm JST
...Hideaki Wakui will start Saturday's game against the Hanshin Tigers. He told reporters that he need to work on his mechanics (balance) when pitching from the set position.
...Kimiyasu Kudo joined the Ni-gun team for practice on Thursday. He played catch with Yusei Kikuchi (25-30 meters) and told reporters that he'll probably see how he feels over the next 2-3 days before throwing a bullpen. There's a possibility he could be ready to pitch in an exhibition game on the 13th or 14th (both against the Chunichi Dragons at Seibu Dome).
...Kikuchi acted as ball boy during an Ikusei League game on Thursday. It's all part of his plan for getting back to the basics. He also threw 104 pitches in the bullpen in preparation for his BP session on Friday.
Oh, and his Ikusei League start against the Giants on the 9th... The game was set to take place at Seibu 2 Stadium, but it now appears that it'll take place at Seibu Dome. This actually won't be the only game the Lions are moving to the dome -- they're also moving another Ikusei League game against the Rakuten Eagles on the 12th to the dome as well. Their biggest concern is the chance for more rain, as well as the number of fans that might attend Kikuchi's start.
...Fumiya Nishiguchi is trying to make his way into the starting rotation. He threw three perfect innings during his start on Thursday against the Hiroshima Carp. The rotation at this point probably consists of Hideaki Wakui, Takayuki Kishi, Kazuyuki Hoashi, and Kazuhisa Ishii.
...Takeya Nakamura returned to Tokyo after being released from an area hospital in Fukuoka on Thursday (a final check-up revealed no major problems to his right eye). He told reporters that he currently can't open his eye due to swelling and that there's some pain in the area. Nakamura will likely require a week's worth of rest before he'll be ready to start playing again.