Tetsuya Utsumi and Yuya Kubo worked out together (running, strengthening exercises for trunk muscles) at Giants Stadium on Sunday for the first time this off-season.
Daisuke Fujimura worked out (running, playing catch, taking grounders) for about 2 hours at Giants Stadium on Sunday. Fujimura will be joining Shinnosuke Abe and Hayato Sakamoto for training in Guam in January.
Ikusei pitcher Shota Kimura tossed 70 pitches to a partially squatting catcher in the bullpen on Sunday.
Said Kimura, "I had nagging injuries this year and really couldn't get a lot of stuff done. That's why I'd like to try and get as much done now as I can."
Tatsunori Hara is planning on splitting the team into 2 groups (Ichi-gun and Ni-gun) for spring camp, instead of the 3 groups (A group for veterans and everyday players, B group for rookies and youngsters, and C group for rehabbing players) they've been using since 2008.
"We'll split the team into Ichi-gun and Ni-gun for spring camp," said Hara. "We have more Ni-gun coaches now so it should be easier to keep track of players. It's also symbolic of returning to the basics."