Shohei Tateyama had his left ankle examined at a hospital and was diagnosed with some arthritis. The condition does not appear to be serious and will likely mean making a few minor adjustments to his workout schedule over the next two to three days. His next start might also be pushed back a couple of days.
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama has not been hitting very well (6-for-33) and is planning to take extra batting practice over the next few days (through to March 20). He worked with general coach Takao Ise on Saturday.
According to Nikkan Sports (and Sponichi), Wladimir Balentien's new blond hair color was not a hit with the players and coaches. Sports Hochi notes the striking resemblance to female wrestler Aja Kong.