Today was the last day of the first block of training camp for the 2011 draft class. A portion of the workouts took place at a nearby shrine and included running hills and climbing stairs.
Koji Akiyama took off for Guam out of Fukuoka Airport today. Akiyama returned from a family trip to the US on 1/6, attended a team meeting on Wednesday, and is now off to Guam for his last break before the season.
Hiroyuki Kawahara tossed 51 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday.
Kawahara picked up a cutter and two-seamer after Ivan Rodriguez suggested he add something more to his arsenal while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. He is also working on a change-up.
Kenta Imamiya's goal for 2012 is to win the starting job at short and bat second in the line-up.
The Hawks announced today that seating at Yahoo Dome will increase from 37,025 to 38,561. The new seats, located behind home plate and along the first and third base sides, will be available beginning on 3/3 (exhibition game against Lotte).