Via Sanspo, Wada on his opening day starter: "I decided early on. All I need to do now is let them know."
Sanspo figures it will be Atsushi Nomi.
Akihito Fujii started feeling discomfort in his left flank two to three days ago and returned to Osaka before the team closed out their workouts in Okinawa today. Fujii did not play in Tuesday's practice game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. There is currently no timetable for his return.
Takahiro Arai hit a homer out to right during Tuesday's practice game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. Arai has hit just one homer out to right over the last two years -- one of seventeen in 2011 and none of nineteen in 2010.
Some batting stats through Tuesday:
- Yamato is 12-for-30 with one homer and eight RBI over nine games.
- Takahiro Arai is 5-for-9 with one homer and three RBI over four games.