The Chunichi Dragons are planning on sending a trainer to Venezuela to meet up with Shinji Iwata and his conditioning coach, Watari Sumida. Iwata has pitched well during the Venezuelan Winter League (5 G, 1-0, 2.96 ERA) and will likely see more opportunities to pitch. To that end, the club wants to make sure Iwata is in proper shape.
When the Dragons first sent Iwata to attend the Venezuelan Winter League, they weren't sure how long he'd stick. Now that it seems he's earned a spot in the rotation, the team is scrambling to make sure he's taken care of.