A day after tossing his first bullpen session since May 2011, Daisuke Matsuzaka played catch at a distance of about 20 meters on Tuesday and told reporters his elbow did not feel especially tight and that there were no problems. Matsuzaka is scheduled to toss another bullpen session on February 3.
Matuzaka also decided to get a new hairstyle to mix things up a bit -- his stylist apparently dropped by his hotel on January 22 and that is when he decided to get his first perm in about 10 years.
Hideki Matsui worked outdoors on Tuesday for the first time in five days. He finished out his practices by taking 102 swings during soft toss, a high for the current off-season. Regarding any potential offers, Matsui said he still had not heard anything and that he was not considering a return to Japan. When asked what he would do if he did not receive any offers from teams in the US, he replied, "I have not thought that far ahead."
Sponichi notes that Munenori Kawasaki was assigned the number 61.