Said Uchikawa, "I've played every position [in the outfield]. If the coaches tell me to play somewhere, that's where I'll play and do my best. I don't really have a preference. I also don't have any intention of approaching the club about that. Center? I've played center during exhibition games. I'll do what it takes."
For those keeping score, here are some of the players that Hawks started in the outfield this year. I've also included starts at DH and Hiroki Kokubo:
Assuming the Hawks do sign Alex Cabrera, he'll probably DH. That means Jose Ortiz will start in left. Nobuhiko Matsunaka could platoon with Ortiz and or Cabrera, depending on his knees. The player that will likely get left out in all of this is Yuya Hasegawa.
In other team news:
Kokubo apparently promised some kids on Thursday that he'll hit his career 400th homer on opening day (3/25 vs Orix at Yahoo Dome). Kokubo is currently sitting on 399.