Akinobu Okada spoke to reporters about Takahiro Okada on Thursday and once again expressed his displeasure at how poorly he has been doing at the plate. He also threatened to replace him in the line-up with someone that can hit.
As of the end of the Thursday, Okada was 17-for-74 over twenty-one games (exhibition, practice, intra-squad).
According to Nikkan Sports, the Eagles have decided to make early morning workouts an option.
"We wanted to get them into the habit of working out," said batting coach Hiromoto Okubo. "It was about turning practice they have to do into something they want to do. If the players want to do it, we will. We are here to assist them."