Hiroyuki Nakajima trained at the Seibu indoor training facilities in Tokorozawa, Saitama today. His workouts lasted about an hour and a half. He spent most of his time taking batting practice because of the snow. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2013
Norichika Aoki's wife is pregnant with the couple's second child. Her due date is some time in June.
Aoki's workouts on Sunday lasted about six hours. He used a ball that weighs about 270 grams during soft-toss batting practice.
Source: Sanspo 1/14/2013
Sponichi posted a mini interview with Aoki:
You are looking pretty good.
I am making good progress. I have increased my workouts in January and things are going well. I am at around eighty-three kilograms.
What are you doing during workouts?
Basically the same things I have been doing. I need to toughen up a bit in terms of conditioning, so I am focused on that. After playing a year, I know what is expected, so it has been easier to prepare.
You might end up batting out of the two hole this year.
I had a few chances to bat second last year. It is not as limited as Japan, but it is a spot that needs to help expand options. I want to be able to bat lead-off and second.
[Kyuji] Fujikawa joined the Chicago Cubs.
I am looking forward to playing him, but I really would rather not face Japanese pitchers.
Which fortune did you draw at Hatsumode?
Source: Sponichi 1/14/2013