...Hisayoshi Chono started taking BP again today. After a round of soft toss BP, Chono faced a live arm and took 40 swings (and hit 4 over the fence). Chono is currently making his way back from left hand pains.
...Tetsuya Utsumi's next start could come on the 18th against the Chunichi Dragons.
...The Giants held full squad practice at Tokyo Dome yesterday. Part of the workouts included running up and down the steps on the first base infield seat section (10 sets, about 50 steps).
...Taishi Ota worked on his swing with the help of batting coaches Kazunori Shinozuka and Shinichi Murata during practice yesterday. At one point during BP, Ota took 48 swings and hit 6 over the fence.
...It seems there's a chance Tetsuya Matsumoto could make a return to the active roster later this month. Matsumoto started taking BP and fielding practice in the outfield yesterday at Giants Stadium.