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NPB: Various news and notes from April 5, 2009

by on Apr.05, 2009 @ 11:58 am, under NPB


...Tsuyoshi Nishioka complained of some tightness in his right thigh and sat out of Sunday's game. His is listed as day-to-day and his status for Tuesday is not yet known.


...The Hanshin Tigers announced that they will give out a free trip to 1 of 8 pre-selected destinations (including Hawaii, Guam, and Okinawa) to a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) in celebration of the home run Tomoaki Kanemoto hit on opening day (which also happened to be his birthday).


...Rick Short was removed from the game on Saturday in the 6th inning after making a play on field. He complained of pain in his left shoulder and was taken to the hospital for tests. Short was not in the lineup on Sunday.


...Taketoshi Goto was having problems with his lower back prior to the game on Saturday. Both Goto and Ming-Chieh Hsu were taken off the active roster.


...Shinnosuke Abe officially gained the right to become a free agent on the 5th. When asked what he planned on doing, he said that he wouldn't be making any decisions until after the season.


...The 15-second rule appears to have translated into games that are about 5 minutes shorter (2 hours and 56 minutes) than last year's average of 3 hours and 1 minute. Note: This is through the first two days.

...The WBC Trophy will be making an appearance at the Seibu Department store in Ikebukuro on the 6th. The Trophy will be on display to the public for free from 10am to 9pm on the 7th floor of the department store.

...Eri Yoshida did not make an appearance during the Kobe 9 Cruise's home opener at Skymark Stadium on Sunday. It appears as though her arm still isn't feeling quite right.

Said the manager, "We'll get her to a hospital on the 6th or 7th and then decide whether or not to let her start throwing again or make her get some more rest."

...Yuki Saito didn't have a very good game in the 2009 Tokyo Big 6 vs. Amateur Baseball Series. Against JFE Higashi Nihon on Saturday, Saito lasted only 3 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits (including 2 homers). Waseda ended up losing the game, 5-2.