Hiroki Kokubo is working out in Phoenix, AZ. Kokubo had surgery on his neck earlier during the winter and also found that he lost muscle mass in both his left chest (40%) and left triceps (less than 33%) after taking strength tests in the US. Since then, he has managed to improve the balance in his muscles and has added 4kg to his frame and currently weighs 91kg.
5th round draft pick Shinya Kayama tossed 55 pitches in the bullpen today (30 pitches standing catcher, 25 pitches squatting catcher). He also threw his curve, change, and slider. This was Kayama's third bullpen session.
Ikusei 3rd round draft pick Shota Miura threw 30 pitches (all fastballs) in the bullpen (standing catcher) today.
Tadashi Settsu agreed to a 95M yen raise on Thursday and will be paid 190M yen in 2012. That is the second highest total (behind Yu Darvish's 200M yen) for a player in their fourth year.