...G.G. Sato was called up to Ichi-gun earlier today. He was going to appear in an exhibition game today against the Tigers, but it was called off due to rain.
...Ryan Vogelsong seems to have pitched himself out of a spot in the starting rotation. In a game against the Rakuten Eagles yesterday, Vogelsong gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 3.1 innings of work. While he did also manage to strike out 6 batters, his fastball was hit pretty hard.
...Taishi Ohta was in the starting lineup for the Ni-gun Giants yesterday and went 0-for-4 with a strike out. While this isn't really big news, the fact that he started the game at third and then shifted over to short in the seventh is. It was the first time he's ever played short in an actual game.
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...In his first game with the Ni-gun squad, Sho Nataka went 0-for-4. He spent about an hour in the cages after the game to work on his swing.
...Tomohiro Nioka started things off nicely with a timely hit in his first trip to the plate in a Ni-gun game against Seibu yesterday. He will be joining the Ichi-gun squad some time today.
...Takahiro Arai was diagnosed with a bruised right flexor muscle (右浅指屈筋筋挫傷) on the 10th and was told that he should avoid throwing a ball for at least 2-3 weeks. Arai is still hopeful that he will be ready for opening day.
...Kevin Mench is getting the Tigers to make a minor "improvement" to Koshien Stadium. While checking out the outfield during practice yesterday, he noticed that the foul pole in right didn't have any padding around it to protect players from running into it.
Mench pointing out his concerns regarding the, erm, unprotected pole.
Mench immediately called over a coach (Koji Yamawaki) over to register his concern. It was then decided that the some rubber padding will be wrapped around the pole for safety.
The Tigers jokingly said, "We're not putting the padding there for you. We're more worried about you breaking the pole."
...Despite giving up only a run over 6 innings of work, Hiroshi Katayama isn't very happy with his performance against the Orix Buffaloes. While his first 3 innings of work were fairly solid, his struggled a bit over the last 3 innings, giving up 2 walks and a HBP.
Nomura agreed, saying that with this kind of performance, Katayama can't be trusted to start any regular season games.
Incidentally, the Eagles banged out 11 runs on 18 hits (Norihiro Nakamura and Fuminori Yokogawa led the team with 3 hits a piece) against the Orix Buffaloes yesterday at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka.