Daisuke Fujimura practiced Giants Stadium today. His ten-day workouts with Chunichi Dragon Masahiro Araki in Kumamoto ended on the 16th. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2013
The Giants are planning to set their spring camp assignments around the 20th. They are scheduled to play intra-squad games on February 11, 14, 16. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2013
Because of the WBC, the Giants will have eight open Ichi-gun slots partway through spring camp. That should give a fair number of Ni-gun players an opportunity to play in front of the Ichi-gun coaching staff. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2013
Yoshinobu Takahashi, Michihiro Ogasawara, and Yoshitomo Tani will most likely start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 1/18/2013
Typical workout days for players training in Guam:
Utsumi group: Day begins at 8:30am. Players ride a bus partway to Paseo Stadium, then run the remaining two kilometers. Upon arriving at the stadium, they begin trunk strengthening exercises, in addition to throwing one kilogram balls into the ground. After that, they play catch and take grounders. Lower body workouts follow: changes each day, but includes a lot of running, like twenty 200-meter dashes or sixteen 150-meter dashes. After lunch, weight training and running on the beach.
Abe group: Golf in the morning for warm-ups. Then training at Paseo Stadium in the afternoon. Begin with lower body workouts, like jump-roping and running. Followed by fielding and batting practice. Then some circuit training. After that, players are on their own: extra batting practice, weight training.
Source: Sanspo 1/18/2013
Team owner Kojiro Shiraishi is interested in setting up a retirement/farewell game for Hideki Matsui. Matsui was supposed to return to Japan in January, but may have decided to wait until after his wife gives birth to their first child in March. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2013