Taishi Ota worked on his fielding with head coach Kaoru Okazaki on his day off on Wednesday. That's after going on a team trip to Chiran Tokko Heiwa Kanondo Kaikan (a museum on the kamikaze units) earlier in the day.
In other team news:
Tatsuya Hara apparently feels comfortable with the idea of moving Hayato Sakamoto into the middle of the order if the team can find another suitable lead-off hitter. If either Hisayoshi Chono or Tetsuya Matsumoto can win the lead-off spot, Sakamoto could then compete other players like Michihiro Ogasawara, Shinnosuke Abe, Yoshinobu Takahashi, and Yoshiyuki Kamei for a spot in the middle of the order.
Satoshi Fukuda signed for 15M yen (up 1M from last year).