Morimichi Takagi appeared on a TV program on Sunday and said he might consider naming Masahiro Yamamoto (46) as the opening day starter (dependent on his condition during spring camp). Takagi has already informed Yamamoto of the possibility.
He also said that he could put Hirokazu Ibata back at short if Masahiro Araki is ok with returning to second (no need to force them into sticking with the position change); and he plans to have every player on the roster workout together on the first day of spring camp so that he can see what is available.
Opening Day Starters in their 40's (via Sponichi)
1949, Hanshin, Tadashi Wakabayashi, 41 years and 1 month
1990, Lotte, Choji Murata, 40 years and 4 months
1995, Orix, Yoshinori Sato, 40 years and 6 months
1998, Hiroshima, Yutaka Ono, 42 years and 7 months
If Yamamoto gets the opening day start, he will become the oldest pitcher, at 46 years and 7 months, to get an opening day start. If he gets the win, he will become just the second player in their 40s to record an opening day victory (the other is Murata).