Junji Ogawa, the coaching staff, and the players attended a welcoming ceremony at the Urasoe City Offices before practices this morning. About 200 fans showed up for the event.
Yoshinori Sato cut his left pinky toe before arriving in Okinawa. The cut led to an infection that caused foot swelling and a fever. Because of this, Yoshinori worked out separately from the rest of the group today -- his workouts including playing catch and some light running.
"It is not serious. We will see how he is does today and tomorrow before deciding what to do next," said chief trainer Kobayashi.
Ryoji Aikawa is the first official team captain since Shinya Miyamoto in 2008.
Kenichi Matsuoka was named captain of the pitching staff on Tuesday.