Hiroyuki Nakajima returned to Japan today and is scheduled to meet with the Seibu Lions for salary negotiations on Tuesday. Nakajima flew to New York on Thursday (1/5) in an attempt to meet with the New York Yankees.
On Sunday, Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters he was thinking about keeping Nakajima at short batting third. Takumi Kuriyama, Watanabe's choice to take over the third slot in the batting order, told reporters he was flexible and would take any spot in the line-up.
Yusei Kikuchi started a weight training program for his upper body this winter. He has also managed to increase his weight 89kg (up 3kg) by eating 6 meals a day since his return from Australia.
On Monday, Kikuchi attended a talk session at Ito-Yokado Hanamaki in Iwate. About 2,000 fans showed up. Kikuchi also appeared at a press conference announcing his agreement to become a spokesperson for JA Iwate.
1st round draft pick Ken Togame could toss a bullpen session as early as Thursday (1/12) -- he wants to get a few of them under his belt before the start of spring camp.