Masahiro Tanaka (lower back) spoke to reporters after workouts at the Ni-gun facilities in Sendai today and said, "I am having a hard time bending over. I still can not run. There are a number of hurdles to clear, but I am still not even at the starting line."
Tanaka did start playing catch today (seventy-one throws, about thirty meters), but the team is not sure how long he will ultimately be out.
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The media learned on Wednesday that Takahito Kudo (31) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Saitama on May 5.