Takashi Saito said at his press conference today that he decided to sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks because he felt they had the right team balance: they were a young team with potential and he felt that he could make a difference.
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka's recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery is going well enough that agent Scott Boras expects he might be ready to pitch "sometime this summer." Moreover, Boras believes new manager Bobby Valentine's background as a skipper in Japan will be helpful to Matsuzaka. "Daisuke knows a great deal about Bobby Valentine, and obviously, he's very well-respected," Boras said. "Certainly Daisuke has a familiarity with him. I think the two of them will have a lot in common, and I'm sure Bobby will take Daisuke to his favorite sushi restaurant."
Norichika Aoki had a chance to ask Tsuyoshi Nishioka some questions about the Majors (like on the playing surface) during an Addidas event at Jingu Stadium today.