The Dragons had the day off today.
Nobumasa Fukuda worked out for about an hour on his day off today. His workouts included playing catch and soft-toss batting practice. Fukuda also told reporters that his lower back was feeling much better since he started feeling some tightness in it during practices on February 10. He is expected to return to general workouts on Tuesday.
Tony Blanco (lower back pain) will also most likely return on Tuesday.
The Dragons announced today that they will work with the town of Chatan to accomplish the following three community service objectives:
- They will have junior high school kids in Chatan write messages on Dragons' baseballs for kids in areas that were struck by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami. Players with knowledge of the how things are in the Tohoku region will assist the junior high school kids. The balls will be sent to junior high schools in the Tohoku region some time in early March.
- The Dragons' cheer-leaders will visit Kuwae Junior High and Chatan Junior High and perform their routines. They will also teach kids basic steps.
- Doala will do more community service work.
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2nd round draft pick Kentaro Nishikawa and 3rd round draft pick Shinji Tajima had a chance to see a giant Togyu bull weighing over 1,000 kilograms on their day off on Monday. The two were also asked to autograph the bull's horns.