...A look at Wei-Ying Chen's exhibition game starts so far this year:
3/13 vs Seibu Lions: 5.1 IP, 27 BF, 85 NP, 11 H, 2 HR, 4 SO, 0 BB, 8 R, 8 ER
3/6 vs Orix Buffaloes: 5 IP, 22 BF, 83 NP, 6 H, 2 HR, 2 SO, 0 BB, 3 R, 2 ER
2/28 vs Chiba Lotte Marines: 5 IP, 15 BF, 65 NP, 0 H, 4 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER
...Hitoki Iwase rejoined the Ichi-gun roster on Saturday after taking time away recovering from back pains. His next outing will likely come on Sunday against the Seibu Lions, followed by another outing on or after the 16th. The Dragons will also likely give him a chance to pitch on consecutive days during a 3-game exhibition series against the Yakult Swallows that begins on the 19th.
On Friday, Iwase threw 34 pitches in the bullpen and mixed in all his pitched. He also had someone stand in the batter's box partway through the bullpen session (right-handed).
...Masahiro Yamamoto has apparently given up making the opening day roster Ichi-gun roster. He told reporters on Friday that he would be happy if he could begin throwing at Ni-gun by the time opening day came around.
...Yusuke Matsui won't be available to play on the 20th as he will be attending his graduation ceremony that day.