Kenshin Kawakami tossed seventy-seven pitches in the bullpen on Friday. It was his third session since he was sent down to Ni-gun with pain in his back.
Maximo Nelson (right shoulder) did some running and played some catch.
According to Sponichi, when Shoki Kasahara pitched at the Ichi-gun level on Thursday, he and his father (former Lotte/Daiei player Eiichi Kasahara) became just the second father/son pair to pitch at the the Ichi-gun level. The other: Teruo Aida (father, former Yakult player) and Yushi Aida (son, former Yomiuri player).
Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded his 662 multi-hit game on Thursday. That is good for tenth on the All-time list.
Ryo Asai played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Friday. He started in right and then moved behind for the last two innings of the game. It was his first game as a catcher since June 3, 2008.
Kazuo Ito (right shoulder) pitched in an Ikusei game against Riseisha Gakuen on Friday and gave up two runs on three hits over an inning of work (he entered the game in the 4th inning).
The media learned on Thursday that Akihito Fujii could join the Ichi-gun roster as early as May 1.
Fujii is expected to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on April 29. He will then be evaluated the following day and if everything is ok, he could be activated on May 1.
Fujii took seventy-six swings during batting practice on Thursday. He also took batting practice against a live arm.
The chief trainer told reporters on Thursday that if Kenta Kurihara has a portion of his right elbow cleaned out, it will take three months; if he has all of it cleaned out, the entire season.
Possible replacements for him at first base: Ryuhei Matsuyama, Takahiro Iwamoto, Tsubasa Aizawa, Shogo Kimura, and Takuro Ishii.