The media learned on Sunday that Kentaro Kyuko might be ok for the start of the regular season. Kyuko had surgery on his left hand (blood flow problems) in November 2011 and began pitching again during Ni-gun spring camp in Miyazaki. If things continue to go well, he could pitch in a game some time in early March.
The news on Shingo Kawabata is not as good (TFCC injury): he probably will not be ready for opening day.
Through Sunday, Ueda is 13-for-31 through eight games.