If Masahiro Tanaka is not ready to pitch on opening day, Takahiro Shiomi could get the start.
Shiomi is currently scheduled to make his next appearance on March 25 against the Ni-gun Seibu Lions at Seibu 2 Stadium.
Tanaka played catch at Yokohama Stadium today and is continuing to show signs of improvement. The team plans to play it safe and will not have him pitch in any more exhibition games (he will be allowed to toss bullpen sessions).
Ikusei pitcher Jim Heuser (27) has until the end of March to prove that he belongs on the seventy-man roster (foreign Ikusei players twenty-six years or older can only be added to the seventy-man roster up through the end of March).