Kiyoshi Nakahata, head coach Yutaka Takagi, pitching coach Yu Tomori, owner Makoto Haruta, and team president Jun Ikeda visited the spring training facilities (Ginowan and Kadena) in Okinawa today.
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo worked out with Shuich Murata (YOM) in Amamioshima today and told reporters he wanted to hit 20 homers and earn a spot in the heart of the batting order. Tsutsugo is currently working on tweaking his batting stance by keeping his hands further back before swinging.
Masaaki Koike worked out at Bay Stars Stadium on Saturday for the first time since being traded back to the team.
Sawa threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Chunichi-Hanshin game at Koshien Stadium last year on 10/2.