...The Lions decided on Friday to have Alex Graman begin his training at Ni-gun. Graman participated in Ichi-gun practice on Friday and threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session. Hisanobu Watanabe watched Graman and wasn't convinced that he was ready and decided it would be best for him to return to Ni-gun. It also seems as though he won't be ready for the start of the regular season.
...Takeya Nakamura is hoping that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. He's currently taking time away from practice and is scheduled to have his right cheek examined sometime early next week. According to the chief trainer, it all depends on the amount of swelling in his face.
...Yusei Kikuchi headed to his high school (Hanamaki Higashi) after practice on Friday. On Saturday, Kikuchi attended his graduation ceremony. He will be back at Ni-gun camp in time for practice on Sunday.