Mini-camp for the Samurai Japan university team began on March 17. Two practice games were played on March 18. There are currently thirty-one players on the preliminary roster. Cuts are expected to come after a meeting on March 31. The final roster of twenty-two will be set by May 1.
Catcher Shingo Usami took a ball off his face during practices on March 17 and suffered fractures in three locations. He is currently getting rest at home.