...Akihiro Yano continues his rehab program and still has a chance at making a return in time for the series against the Giants, which starts on the 10th.
...Kevin Mench is having a rough time as a Tiger. In his first three games of the season, he is 0-for-11 with 3 strike outs. The Tigers appear ready to give Mench a few more chances -- he will be in the starting line-up for the upcoming series against the Carp.
...Jose Fernandez is 0-for-11 over his first three games of the season. And now it appears as though he might be riding in the same boat as Kevin Mench is with the Tigers: start hitting or lose your starting job.
...The average TV ratings for the past series against the Hiroshima Carp came in at 13.3%. Some in the industry apparently felt that ratings for Giants games might go up due to the WBC. Apparently not, as 13.3% is fairly close to last year's average of 11.0%.
...Eri Yoshida went to a hospital in Kobe to check on her right shoulder and was cleared for practice. The team will continue to monitor her status and will decide on how she will proceed moving forward.