Toshiya Sugiuchi and Kazumi Saito closed out their training for the year on Thursday.
Sugiuchi: I'll spend New Year's Day with my wife's family and then we'll go back to my family on the 2nd. We'll also go to Hatsumode.
Sugiuchi worked out for about an hour and a half (playing catch and running sprints).
Saito: I'm still figuring things out [with the coaching side of things]. And there are plenty of things I'll probably find out as I get into it. I don't think it'll affect my rehab training.
And regarding Saito's rehab, he spent about 4 hours practicing at Yahoo Dome on Thursday. He also played catch at a distance of about 35 meters.
Said Saito, "35 meters? I haven't really been able to extend that [distance] lately. Good progress? I don't really have a sense for what good progress is, so I'm not really sure."
Saito is hoping to hold a bullpen session sometime in late February.
Toru Hosokawa is planning on actively reaching out to the younger pitchers during spring camp next year so that he can get to know them better.
The Hawks won't be giving Alex Cabrera any special treatment (assuming he signs as planned) with regards to spring camp -- they'll expect him to be in attendance from day 1 and current plans have him returning to Japan in late January. Over the 10 years he's played in Japan, Cabrera has only been to the start of spring camp twice (2001 and 2010).