It seems Hiroyuki Nakajima and Hideaki Wakui won't be signing any deals with the Seibu Lions before the end of the year. Wakui also formally submitted a request for a agent to join the discussions (Nakajima already has an agent working for him).
Said GM Yasuo Maeda, "There's the matter of their schedules. It might be difficult to get something settled before the end of the year. Wakui also wants to have an agent present, and that means we'll need to meet him at least once."
Sponichi reports that the Lions are planning on holding a conditioning (trainer's) meeting before the staff meetings in mid-January next year. Nikkan Sports mentions that the Lions will be holding regular medical check-ups during the winter to check on the progress of their 2010 draft picks.
In both articles Yusei Kikuchi's name is dropped as a reason for the Lions' cautious behavior. Seems Kikuchi started a throwing program during the off-season last year despite feeling discomfort in his left shoulder that ultimately kept him from doing much of anything this past season. The Lions are now hoping to avoid similar situations by providing regular medical checkups for their 2010 draft picks and injured players during the winter.
The media learned on Monday that 27-year-old Takumi Kuriyama was married to a 30-year-old woman named Misaki Ueda (上田深咲). The two had been going out for 5 years before finally tying the knot on 12/14, exactly one month after his wife's birthday.
Ryo Sakata is apparently making good progress in his recovery from a left ankle sprain he suffered during fall camp. He has also managed to keep himself at 90kg by staying away from the Peiyoung Yakisoba. Sakata plans on starting a running program in early January.