Top team players have the day off today, and the following is a small selection of some of the news coming out of Urasoe (Okinawa) since our last roundup on February 1st:
- Atsushi Fujimoto suffered a calf strain during practice on the 6th and will be taking it easy for the next few weeks.
- Hitoshi Yamamoto got demoted to the farm team camp following the discovery of some swelling in his elbow. Off-season acquisition, Tatsuo Kinoshita, was promoted to first team camp to fill the void.
- The team’s new fancy-shmancy pitching machine which is worth a reported 2.5 million yen broke before anyone had a chance to use it.
- Lastings Milledge, Tokyo’s new MLB import, looks a bit like Japanese veteran comedian Tetsuro Degawa according to the media.
And below is some footage of infield fielding practice from a couple days ago:
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- Eulogio (Frankie) De La Cruz and Norichika Aoki could end up being teammates once again as the former re-signed with the Brewers for another year.