This post will be updated throughout the day.
Kenta Imamiya not only took fielding practice at short today, but also at second and third.
A number of players were seen wearing surgical masks (due to the volcanic ash in the air) while running during practice today.
The Hawks announced today that they hired Kazuhiro Takeda to be a special temporary pitching coach during spring camp. Takeda was also hired as a temporary coach during fall camp last year.
Anthony Lerew threw 22 pitches (fastball and change-ups) in the bullpen today (squatting catcher).
Koji Akiyama decided yesterday to send Shuhei Fukuda (right hamstring strain he suffered during base-running exercises) to Saitozaki for rehab. He was also behind Alex Cabrera taking bunting practice yesterday.
Akiyama also watched Yuki Yanagita (2nd round) go yard a couple times during BP and said, "He's got some power, it's good that he can take full cuts. He does a good job of pivoting. At this point, I think he's got the quickest swing of them all. He has a chance. This is interesting."
Toru Hosokawa caught three pitchers yesterday: Tsuyoshi Wada, Hideaki Takahashi, and Sho Iwasaki. Hosokawa also stayed back after general practice for extra BP.