Tadaatsu Nakazawa fractured his right ring finger during base-running practice on the 5th. Nakazawa returned to Fukuoka to rest (about 3 weeks) and get a cast.
Kenji Otonari threw 30 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. One of the things Otonari is working on during the off-season is polishing his curve.
Jonathan Plefka tossed situational BP yesterday and gave up 2 could-be hits to 9 batters he faced. He also threw 44 pitches, worked on his pick-off move and quick motions to the plate.
Nikkan Sports also notes that Plefka had aspirations of becoming a basketball player.