...Kazuhisa Ishii started an Ikusei League game against Yakult on Wednesday. His final line: 5 IP, 93 NP, 7 H, 4 BB, 6 R. Said Ishii, "The results don't matter. [What does matter is] how the batters were reacting to the fork. I think it's a pitch that I'll be able to use during the season."
Ishii's first regular season start could come against the Softbank Hawks at Seibu Dome on 3/31.
...Yusei Kikuchi worked with former Lions' manager Tatsuro Hirooka for about 30 minutes after his outing on the Wednesday. It was also decided that Kikuchi will be a part of the Ni-gun starting rotation.