=== 3/12/2010 12:55am JST
...Tatsunori Hara told reporters on Thursday that the opening day start is now between Dicky Gonzalez and Tetsuya Utsumi.
...The Giants worked on the outdoor field at the Hanshin Tigers' Naruohama facilities on Thursday. They were originally supposed to use the indoor facilities but got permission to use the outdoor field since their last two games were rained out.
=== 10:02pm JST
...Daisuke Ochi faced 8 batters (including Hayato Sakamoto, Hisayoshi Chono, and Seung-Yeop Lee) in a simulated game on Thursday and did not give up any hits but did walk Edgar Gonzalez.
...The Giants announced on Thursday that Seth Greisinger will be having surgery on his right elbow. It will likely be three weeks after surgery that he'll be able to start playing catch again. The Giants have now basically given up on Greisinger for the start of the regular season.
...Marc Kroon could rejoin the Ichi-gun team as early as the 16th, obviously dependent on how he's feeling.
...The Giants started the regular season with 5 starters in 2009.
=== 7:36am JST
...Marc Kroon threw 33 pitches while facing three Ikusei players (Atsushi Fukumoto, Yukinori Momiyama, and Takahiro Ijuin) during BP on Wednesday and gave up one could-be hit and broke two bats. It seems he also told the batters what was coming before throwing his pitches.
Prior to the BP session, he also tossed 34 pitches in the bullpen. Kroon managed to mix in his fork and slider as well.
...Yoshinobu Takahashi will apparently be using a Flex Cushion in the dugout to help ease his back pains by making him sit in proper form. He's been using the cushion during exhibition games and feels that it has made a difference.
...Seems Tatsunori Hara will go with 6 starters and 6 relievers for a total 12 pitchers on the opening day roster.