=== 10:39pm JST
...Notes from Monday's practice game against the Orix Buffaloes:
Takayuki Kishi started the game and went 7 innings while giving up a run. He tossed a no hitter through three; allowed the lead-off runners to reach in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings; and gave up an RBI double to Takahiro Okada in the 7th.
Dee Brown hit a solo home run in the second.
Masahiro Abe started at third and batted second. He hit a home run in the 8th inning with a runner on second.
The Lions beat the Buffaloes, 7-2.
...Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters that he currently plans on having Takeya Nakamura on the opening day rosters. Whether or not he plays, is another story.
...Bad news. Ginjiro visited a Tokyo hospital for an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with damage in his left meniscus (左内側半月板損傷). According to the chief trainer, he's expected to miss a few months.
=== 4:49pm JST
...Hiroyuki Nakajima fouled a ball off his right foot during Sunday's game against the Chunichi Dragons. As a precaution, the team held him out of Monday's practice game against the Orix Buffaloes. Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters that Nakajima wanted to play and that there's really nothing to be worried about.
...Yusei Kikuchi threw 144 pitches in a bullpen session on Sunday. And Takeya Nakamura stood in the batter's box for the final 20 pitches of the session. Over the last four days, Kikuchi has been working on "resetting" his delivery to what he used back in high school. He told reporters that things have been going well so far and that he's in the final stages of the reset.
It was confirmed during a staff meeting on Sunday that Kikuchi will begin the year at Ni-gun. His next appearance could during an Ikusei League game on the 17th.