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NPB: Various news and notes from April 4, 2009

by on Apr.04, 2009 @ 2:17 pm, under NPB

HANSHIN TIGERS

...The Hanshin Tigers are thinking about suggesting the start of a Japan/Korea All-Star Game during the next 12-Team Executive Committee meeting, set to take place on the 6th.

RAKUTEN EAGLES

...The Eagles started the 2009 season with 2 straight victories, a first for the team.

...About 100 fans gathered at the hotel Hisashi Iwakuma was staying after the game on Friday.

SOFTBANK HAWKS

...Nagisa Arakaki was removed from the active roster on the third due to his health. No other details are currently available.

...Nobuhiro Matsuda was hit by a pitch on Friday in first against the Orix Buffaloes. He was taken to the hospital to have tests done on his right hand. It was later found out that he suffered a bone fracture in his third metacarpal (右手第三中手骨骨折). No word on how long he'll be out.

OTHER

...102,475 fans were in attendance for Pacific League games on Opening Day on Friday -- the most for a weekday since the league started releasing attendance figures to the public in 2005. The previous high was 85,150.

...Eri Yoshida could make an appearance during Kobe 9 Cruise's home opener at Skymark Stadium in Kobe.

...Some comments regarding Ichiro's health:

Sadaharu Oh
Bleeding ulcers don't require surgery, only medicine. It's good that they found it early. We all free stress. I don't think this is really about the WBC, per se. He doesn't have cancer like I do, so I don't think he'll have too many difficulties.

Tatsunori Hara
His number 1 source of energy comes from playing in front of fans. To that end, I wish him a full recovery.

Norichika Aoki
I wish him a speedy recovery. There was an immense amount of pressure during the WBC -- everyone could feel it. I think Ichiro probably felt like he had to take on the bulk of the responsibility.

Yasuyuki Kataoka
I've heard that bleeding ulcers can take time to heal. And he's a man made of steel. I wish him a full recovery.

Atsunori Inaba
I don't think anyone really knew how much he was carrying on his shoulder during the WBC. And he never said anything to anyone about it either. I wish him a full recovery so that he can bring smiles to people in the world again. As a person in my age group, I wish him the best.

Shunsuke Watanabe
Ichiro played under so much pressure from Japanese fans... And then there was all the booing from Korean fans... It reminded me again that Ichiro human, just like the rest of us.