Tsuyoshi Nishioka started his workouts on the 7th (8th in Japan), which started at around 10am and included running in the outfield, and playing catch and stretching; he then moved indoors for BP off a tee from both sides of the plate, and about 15 minutes of BP off a live pitcher (batting left-handed).
Said Nishioka, "It felt good. [But] I wasn't planning in hitting [today]. But [the guy] said he'd throw me some and I felt like they were watching me, so I just sort of let go."
Hideki Okajima has a new interpreter (his name is Jeffrey Cutler). He went on a search for a new interpreter during the off-season and Cutler was one of 10 applicants. Cutler was an interpreter with the Suntory rugby team for 4 years; was born in Boston; and has a Japanese mother.
Yoshinori Tateyama took off for the US yesterday with his wife, Miyako, and his 1-year-old daughter, Minami. Since his contract isn't guaranteed, he hasn't bothered to find a house yet. His flight out of Narita will take to him Surprise, AZ with a stopover in San Francisco, CA.
Godzilla not only fills the DH void left by Jack Cust, but does so in a way that gives the club a legitimate lineup threat. The veteran slugger also enhances the clubhouse dynamic and is expected to maintain a leadership role.