Chiba Lotte Marines
Tatsuya Uchi is working his way back from a right elbow surgery on 8/9 -- he can play catch at a distance of about 40 meters. Uchi is hoping he will be ready for spring camp.
Takashi Ogino is ready to return to the outfield next year.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Hirotoshi Masui will be wearing the number 19 next season (from 43).
Kansai University Graduate School professor Katushiro Miyamoto estimates Yuiki Saito's economic impact on Hokkaido at about 4B yen. That is a bit more than Masahiro Tanaka's 3.5-3.8B yen in his rookie year.
Yuki Saito was seen playing long-distance catch (distance of around 100 meters) during practices at Kamagaya on Tuesday.
Sho Nakata told reporters on Monday that he hoped to become the type of player that can earn a salary in the 100M+ yen range.
Takahiro Matsuka told reporters on Monday that he was looking for training facilities in Takamatsu, Kagawa because he wants to be closer to his family.
Takahiro Okada will be moving out of the player dorms in December.
The Buffaloes might continue to use their Hakyu Braves and Kintetsu Buffaloes throwback uniforms next season. Their 1974 Kintetsu uniforms also pays homage to recently departed former manager Yukio Nishomoto -- the uniform was designed after Nishimoto's "moeru yakyu" concept (literally burning baseball, or fired up for baseball).