...Ken Takahashi, Mike Schultz, and Tomohiro Umetsu all pitched in simulated game during evening practice on Tuesday. These three, along with Ryuji Yokoyama and Katsuhiro Nagakawa (as closer), will likely make up the bullpen. Because the starting staff will begin the season shorthanded (Kan Ohtake and Keisuke Imai are both out), Takahashi, Schultz, Umetsu and Yokoyama might be called on to pitch quite a bit.
...Evening practice on Tuesday lasted about two hours in the rain.
...The first six batters in the starting line-up could look something like this: Akihiro Higashide, Eishin Soyogi, Soichiro Amaya, Kenta Kurihara, Jeff Fiorentino, and Justin Huber.
...It seems the earlier Ohtake might not make it back to Ichi-gun until late-April. On Tuesday, he played some catch (about 150 throws).