Masaru Takeda worked out in Izu, Shizuoka today. His workouts began at 8:30am, lasted about three and a half hours, and included running, trunk strengthening exercises, and playing catch. Takeda will continue his workouts in Shizuoka through to 1/22.
Oshima apparently feels a connection with Konno in that they are both attempting new things: Oshima from softball to baseball and Konno from J-pop group Morning Musume to reporter.
While around 11,000 fans showed up for the 2010 draft class welcoming ceremony last year, only about 1,200 showed up for the 2011 draft class ceremonies on Saturday.