Shun Tono is currently working on a change-up and threw 17 of them during an 89-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. Said Tono, "I've pitched out of the starting rotation for two years now and I feel a fastball and slider are just not enough. Players will make adjustments and so I think I need a new pitch with drop."
Tono has been tinkering with a fork ball since he joining the pros but hasn't been able to get the desired effect and will apparently no longer throw it.
Tatsunori Hara wants Hisayoshi Chono to bat the "proper" way and has instructed him to stand closer to the plate. Chono moved away from the plate sometime during his third and fourth years of college in order to avoid swinging at pitches off the plate. But now that Chono has turned pro, Hara apparently wants Chono to learn how to bat the "right way."
Michihiro Ogasawara might be thinking about taking a nice rest during the off-season this year. Said Ogasawara, "The last few years, I haven't really had a chance to rest my body, so I'd like a chance rest not just my body, but also my mind and soul. I feel like not doing anything for a while until I get the urge to start moving again."
The Yomiuri Giants likely won't dip into the free agent market this year in attempt to avoid seeing their younger players getting selected as compensation by other teams.