The Chunichi group working out in Guam returned to Japan today. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2013
Takeshi Yamasaki ran/walked about thirty kilometers a day during his workouts in Hawaii. He saw his weight drop six kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2013
According to pitching coach Shinji Imanaka, the Dragons are planning to let 1st round draft pick Koji Fukutani do his own thing to prepare himself for the regular season during spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 1/22/2013, Sponichi 1/22/2013
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama dropped one one kilogram (from 102 to 101) during the winter by eating, at most, two meals a day and cutting back on the sweetened coffee. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2013
4th round draft pick Masaya Emura threw fifty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen today. He threw his fastball, cutter, curve, slider, change, and screewball. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2013
The Shinnosuke Abe group returned to Japan from their training in Guam today. Source: Sanspo 1/22/2013
Hirokazu Sawamura will pitch wherever he is told too, but has not entirely given up on winning a spot in the starting rotation.
"If they tell me to go out and pitch, I will pitch wherever they say. But if I pitch well during camp and exhibition games, then I should be able to win a spot," said Sawamura to reporters on Monday.
Source: Sanspo 1/22/2013
Tomohiro Abe worked out at the Ono training facilities in Hatsukaichi today. He trained in Yame, Fukuoka earlier this month (from the 16th until the 20th) and got some hitting tips from Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2013
Kenjiro Nomura plans to decide on the closer situation some time during spring camp, or by March. Takeru Imamura is a leading candidate. Kam Mickolio is an option as well, but Hiroshima is concerned if he can handle the workload. If possible, they would like to use just one of their four foreign player spots for a reliever. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2013, Sanspo 1/22/2013, Sponichi 1/22/2013
Yokohama Bay Stars
Tony Blanco arrived at Narita Airport today. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2013
Blanco usually takes a month off after the season, but this winter cut that down to just one week. He also managed to drop about six kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2013