Toshiya Sugiuchi and Tetsuya Utsumi tossed bullpen sessions side-by-side today. Sugicuhi threw 25 pitches (standing catcher).
Hirokazu Sawamura also tossed a bullpen session -- 22 pitches with a standing catcher.
Shuichi Murata worked out for about three hours on Friday. He also narrowed down with bat he will be using this season -- he used two bats last year, one with a center of gravity closer to the bat head (good for power) and another with the center of gravity closer to the bat handle (good for line drives) and decided to go with the one that has the center of gravity closer to the bat handle.
Position players were split into three groups for fielding practice before taking BP on Friday. Hayato Sakamoto took an extra hour of fielding practice before working on his hitting.
Tatsunori Hara would like to see John Bowker compete for the starting left field job and the clean-up spot in the line-up. But he does have his work cut out for him since Hara has also said he was thinking about batting Hisayoshi Chono, Shinnosuke Abe, and Shuichi Murata three, four, and five in the order.