Hideki Matsui took 62 swings during soft-toss BP yesterday. For Matsui, it was the first time he swung the bat this year. And compared to last year, when he didn't swing the bat until 2/20 (21st in Japan), he's about 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka arrived in Fort Myers on Saturday and said, "I'm happy to be in such a warm place. I will begin practicing tomorrow."
Before leaving Minneapolis, Nishioka managed to find a place to live and even started driving.
Koji Uehara left for the US out of Narita airport today.
Said Uehara, "I'm looking forward to winning the role as closer. I won't be changing my pitching style. Fastball, fork. It's about how to improve my control. I won't change my hairstyle either. I'm continuing to grow my sideburns."