|Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice|
Sho Iwasaki spent some time shadow pitching with his left arm on Friday after Koji Akiyama suggested he give it a try as a way to improve his balance, like Yu Darvish. Akiyama had Iwasaki use a training bat for weight (kind of swinging it like a tennis racket).
The Softbank Hawks may be leaning towards signing Juan Carlos Paniagua, not as an Ikusei player, but as a regular 70-man roster player -- he pitched well during a practice game against Doosan (KBO) on Friday. The Hawks also like Wanel Mesa, but at twenty-five years of age, they appear to be a little concerned about his ceiling.
Nikkan Sports mentions that Brad Penny's girlfriend, Rachelle Leah, is in Japan.
Penny's personal trainer, Matt Klein (sp?), told reporters on Friday that Penny wakes up at 5am everyday and workouts for about an hour, beginning at 5:30am. He also spends time training in the evenings after returning to the player hotel.