Kenta Kurihara left for Okinawa out of Hiroshima Airport today. Before leaving, he told reporters that his goal for 2012 was to hit 30 homers.
Takuro Ishii's workouts at Mazda Stadium on Sunday lasted about nine hours. He later told reporters that he was around 60-70% (he is coming back from right knee surgery in October 2011). Ishii has also hired Takuya Suzukawa as a personal trainer to assist him with his rehab.
Ishii is just 80 plate appearances away from becoming the ninth player in NPB history to reach 10,000.