Tetsuya Utsumi told reporters before leaving for Guam that he was working on a fork after he failed to fully pick up a cutter last year. Utsumi is looking for a pitch that will go in on right-handed batters and said that the fork he's currently working on had similar movement to a slider (up until last year he was relying primarily on his change, but it wasn't effective against right-handed batters because it moved away from them). He added that he planned on throwing lots of forks and fastballs during his throwing sessions in Guam and at spring camp.
Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Shun Tono, Jumpei Ono, and Kyohei Tsuchimoto took off for the training in Guam yesterday.
In other team news:
Hisayoshi Chono has been working on improving his swing by taking a full minute to go through his entire swing (it's a practice method employed by golfers like Ryo Ishikawa and Ai Miyazato). The slow training apparently helps the body "learn" how to swing the bat better.
Tetsuya Matsumoto started his workouts today at Giants' Stadium. He did some running, played some catch, and took some batting practice.